A theatre director or stage director is a director/instructor in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a theatre production (a play, an opera, a musical, or a devised piece of work) by unifying various endeavours and aspects of production. The director’s function is to ensure the quality and completeness of theatre production and to lead the members of the creative team into realising their artistic vision for it. The director therefore collaborates with a team of creative individuals and other staff, coordinating research, stagecraft, costume design, props, lighting design, acting, set design, stage combat, and sound design for the production. If the production he or she is mounting is a new piece of writing or a (new) translation of a play, the director may also work with the playwright or translator. In contemporary theatre, after the playwright, the director is generally the primary visionary, making decisions on the artistic concept and interpretation of the play and its staging. Different directors occupy different places of authority and responsibility, depending on the structure and philosophy of individual theatre companies. Directors utilize a wide variety of techniques, philosophies, and levels of collaboration.
Australian Catholic University Excellent lecture notes on the contribution of several 20th Century theatre directors including Artaud, Brook, Grotowski and Meyerhold.
Bruce Miller All you need to know for first-time directing a stage production, from the Educational Theatre Association webiste in the States. Part 1 focuses on the planning stages.
Bruce Miller Part 2 of Bruce Miller’s comprehensive advice on stage directing. This article focuses on the rehearsal process.
Debra Bruch Worthwhile article on the various aspects of a theatre director’s job.
Donna Benjamin Comprehensive discussion of the role of a theatre director from a website about Australian women theatre directors.
Northen State University Excellent FAQ on the functions and role of the Broadway director and producer. Includes information on types and length of rehearsals, play selection criteria etc.
State University of New York Geneseo Excellent three-part lecture notes by Melanie Blood on the theatre director’s goals, tools and processes. Also includes discussion on the historical conventions of directing.
VTheatre Introduction to directing, making reference to famous directors Meyerhold and Stanislavski.