Profession stage director

Stage directors oversee and orchestrate the mounting of a performance production by unifying various endeavours and aspects of a theatrical production. They ensure the quality and completeness of the theatrical production and lead the members of the creative team into realising their artistic vision for it. 

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Skills

  • Cue a performance

    Plan the technical actions and interventions during an artistic performance. Determine when actors go on and off stage. Make sure these cues are followed to ensure a smooth running of the performance.

  • Adapt a script

    Adapt a script and, if the play is newly written, work with the writer or collaborate with playwrights.

  • Direct an artistic team

    Lead and instruct a complete team with the required cultural expertise and experience.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Carry out auditions

    Hold auditions and assess and select candidates for roles in the productions.

  • Maintain blocking notes

    Keep accurate blocking notes regarding the position of actors and props throughout every scene. These notes are disbursed to the director, technical director, and cast.

  • Evaluate art quality

    Correctly evaluate the quality of art objects, artefacts, photographs and documents.

  • Assemble an artistic team

    Identify required expertise and artistic needs. Look for potential human resources and candidates, solicit candidates, and conduct solicitation talks and tests. Communicate clearly about the specific project, select team members, and agree on the conditions and requirements of the project.

  • Work with playwrights

    Work with writers through workshops or script development schemes.

  • Read scripts

    Read a playbook or film script, not only as literature, but identifying, actions, emotional states, evolution of characters, situations, different sets and locations, etc.

Optional knowledge and skills

follow time cues select music for performance manage budgets manage prompt book ensure visual quality of the set prompt performers organise rehearsals