Work on Performance 3
|201EIT3||ZK||15||20 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 165 to 240 hours of self-study||English||summer|
Name of lecturer(s)
Jakub KORČÁK, Jana KUDLÁČKOVÁ, Michal ZAHÁLKA
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Demonstration of the ability to do independent creative work on a production from the initial inspiration through to performance before an audience.
- Cooperation with other artists on the comprehensive form.
- Full-fledged use of all available audio-visual means.
- The production, organizational and marketing components of the director's work.
- Individual and joint preparation, study of the production and its performance.
- Transformation of the production plan in relation to coworkers and audiences.
- The director as a leader and as part of a team.
Mode of study
Seminars, exams, performances, written reflection.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Professionally equipped school stage, intensive cooperation with the department of scenography, production, or other departments. Cooperation with production, agencies, media. External collaborators depending on the type of production being prepared. Collaboration with other years of the acting department of KČD and KALD.
- Introduction to the study of production.
- Reading, blocking, acting rehearsals, technical and lighting rehearsals, regular rehearsals, dress rehearsal, first performance, premiere, later performances.
- Leadership and cooperation between inscenátorů and actors.
- Leadership of individuals and of the collective, rehearsal tactics and strategies.
- Coaching for movement, choreography, sound, diction and singing.
- The production and its promotion.
Instruction focuses on the practical realization of a full-length theatrical performance with the use of the full range of expressive means. In their work the students must take into account the individual and shared themes of their collaborators, the context of the theatre, the context of the place and the context of the theatre's other productions. They learn the meaningful combination of the individual components of a theatrical performance through live communication with selected coworkers. They make a difficult, thematicized montage with respect to content and form with the use of full-fledged stage design, music and sound. They learn the right way to pace progress with work, the assigning of tasks to coworkers and communication with them. They learn the continuous seeking of form and the ability to develop the intended theme. They create an appropriate method of keeping notes and its organization and evaluation, and they make independent use of auxiliary literature, confirming their inspiration beyond the theatre in art and reality.
Recommended or required reading
Pavis, Patrice - Dictionary of the Theatre
Gordon, Robert - The purpose of playing: modern acting theories in perspective
Schechner, Richard - Performance theory 
Bogart, Anne - A director prepares: seven essays on art and theatre
Čechov, Michail Alexandrovič - The path of the actor
Čechov, Michail Alexandrovič - To the actor: on the technique of acting
Donnellan, Declan - The actor and the target
Hauser, Frank; Reich, Russell - Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director`s Chair
Gaskill, William - A Sense of direction
Krasner, David (ed.) - Method acting reconsidered: theory, practice, future
Lecoq, Jacques - The moving body: teaching creative theatre
Luere, Jeane - Playwright Versus Director: Authorial Intentions and Performance Interpretations
Hodge, Alison - Twentieth century actor training 
Johnstone, Keith - IMPRO: improvisation and the Theatre
Merlin, Bella - Beyond Stanislavsky: the psycho-physical approach to actor training
Mitter, Shomit - Systems of Rehearsal. Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski and Brook
Rudlin, John - Commedia dell’arte: an actor’s handbook
Rudlin, John; Crick, Olly - Commedia dell’arte: a handbook for troupes
Stanislavski, Constantin - An actor’s handbook: an alphabetical arrangement of concise statements on aspects of acting
Stanislavski, Constantin - An actor’s work: a student’s diary
Thomas, James Michael - Script analysis for actors, director and designers
Zarrilli, Phillip B. - Psychophysical acting: an intercultural approach after Stanislavski
Assessment methods and criteria
The artistic result of the graduation production and the overall course of the rehearsal, including the written reflection, are evaluated.
Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Directing for Dramatic Theatre in English (M.A.) (required main subject)