Theatre and beyond : the application of theatre directing to other contexts

Willems, Christiaan (2006) Theatre and beyond : the application of theatre directing to other contexts. In Inaugural Australian Theatre Directors Conference, 11 & 12 September 2006, ANU, Canberra, ACT. (Unpublished)


At a time when theatre practitioners and companies are concerned with dwindling audience numbers, funding and interest (so what’s new?), what this paper discusses is less about theatre ‘changing direction’ and more about ‘changing theatre Direction’.

A subtle semantic shift perhaps but one which has proven enormously useful over 25 years as a professional creator, director, performer, designer and teacher for stage, screen – and other contexts.

Applying theatrical skills to apparently unrelated contexts is not new, however it bears re-examining. My own experience as a ‘directorial specialist’ in mime and movement confirms the fundamental theatricality in all human communication – whether stage, screen, auditorium or meeting room – I would argue that there is no professional context completely devoid of some measure of ‘performance’.

And if you’re going to do performance, however minutely, subtly and in whatever context, at least make it the best performance you can by ‘directing it’.

This paper examines the adaptation of theatre direction to other contexts and discusses:-

• which other contexts

• directing non-performers

• what theatre direction provides

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ID Code: 72043
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Directing, Theatre, Interdisciplinary, Directorial
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified (190499)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Christiaan Willems
Deposited On: 22 May 2014 22:16
Last Modified: 24 May 2014 02:14

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