The directing program for dramatic theatre makes full use of the tried and true methods and techniques that have been developed at DAMU for over forty years by leading Czech theatre teachers, theatre directors and scholars. The aim of this program is to prepare students as theatre directors. After a thorough grounding in the field, students gain hands-on experience working with fellow students and theatre professionals in well-equipped theatre spaces in Prague as assistant directors.
Studies focus on the following areas:
- Creative Maturation – Students will develop and release their imaginations departing from their personal and particular perspective while actualizing modern approaches to rehearsing and stage creation including improvisation.
- Conceptual Actualization – Students will master the ability of both independent and team-work in preparing a mise-en-scene. This means learning how to select a dramatic text, defi ne directorial intent, develop a dramaturgical conception, prepare the production, and outline strategies for the rehearsal process.
- Developing Practical Skills – Students will actively collaborate with stage design and dramaturgy students as well as sound designers. They will learn basic strategies and skills for working with actors and what it means to lead a production team: timetabling, delegating tasks, and maintaining fl uent communication amongst team members. Students will discover the importance of taking into account their colleagues’ ideas and themes and what it means to work within the specifi cities of a theatrical context. In effect, they will learn to interconnect the individual elements of a staged work in a meaningful way through a live communicative medium and understand the process of searching for form and developing chosen themes. This will culminate in a demanding mise-enscene taking full advantage of stage design, music, sound and lights to express content through form.
- Theoretical Analysis – Students will hone their analytic skills so they can refl ect on basic problems and questions connected with the genesis and development of dramatic art and analyze specifi c examples of contemporary stage practice.