Ch 7: Creating & Producing Theatre

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This chapter is filled with fun lessons you can access at your convenience to study and better understand the basics of creating and producing theatre. Multiple-choice quizzes make it easy to check your theatre comprehension as you prepare for a test or aim to boost your grades.

Creating & Producing Theatre - Chapter Summary

Gain greater insight into playwriting, directing and other aspects of theatre by exploring this chapter's entertaining lessons. Our instructors offer in-depth analyses of creation and production tasks like set and costume design and stage management. This chapter also examines stage movement, blocking, the role of audience in theatre and more. Find out how well you understand the basics of creating and producing theatre by taking our mini quizzes. Questions that arise while studying the lessons can be submitted to our subject-matter experts via the Dashboard. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define the production concept in theatre
  • List tools and techniques for playwriting and directing in theatre
  • Share theories and techniques of acting in dramatic art
  • Describe the role of voice, sound, music, movement and dance in theatre
  • Provide the rules of stage movement and blocking
  • Offer descriptions of the technical aspects of theatre and theatre production
  • Detail the history of set design, theatre lighting and costume design
  • Give advantages of proscenium and thrust stages
  • Explain the responsibilities associated with stage management
  • Discuss the role of the audience in theatre

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: Creating & Producing Theatre
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Production Concept in Theater: Definition, Function & Example

1. Production Concept in Theater: Definition, Function & Example

This lesson defines production concept as it applies to dramatic theater and provides an overview of the basic elements and principles that go into its creation and use. See how important a cohesive plan is to the success of a production.

Playwriting in Theatre: Tools & Techniques

2. Playwriting in Theatre: Tools & Techniques

This lesson looks at the work of playwriting in the theatre. What is required of a playwright, and what tools and techniques does the playwright have at his or her disposal?

Directing in Theatre: Tools & Techniques

3. Directing in Theatre: Tools & Techniques

This lesson will cover the role of the theatre director, how the director provides a vision for a theatrical production, and a few of the tools that the director uses during the rehearsal process to bring that vision to life.

Acting in Dramatic Art: Theories & Techniques

4. Acting in Dramatic Art: Theories & Techniques

This lesson explores theories and techniques of acting. It traces the history of acting as a discipline and traces the development of many of the most important schools of acting and many of the major teachers.

The Role of Voice & Sound in Theatre

5. The Role of Voice & Sound in Theatre

This lesson looks at the human voice and its importance to the theatre. We then look at other sounds and how much they help to tell the story of the play. The theatre is ''At its Heart, An Infinitely Aural Medium.''

The Role of Music in Theatre

6. The Role of Music in Theatre

This article will discuss the role of music in theatre, examining its history and different uses. Music, being emotionally evocative, has traditionally been a potent tool in the theatre artists' palate.

The Role of Movement & Dance in Theatre

7. The Role of Movement & Dance in Theatre

Movement is an integral component of many performances. In this lesson, we will examine movement in theatre. We will look at several, particularly physically based, theatrical styles and then explore some of the most important movement innovators.

Stage Movement & Blocking: Definition & Rules

8. Stage Movement & Blocking: Definition & Rules

This lesson introduces the concept of blocking and stage movement, discussing what it is, who creates it, stage directions, orientation, and what the movements convey.

Technical Aspects of Theatre & Theatre Production

9. Technical Aspects of Theatre & Theatre Production

Technical theater consists of all the aspects of theater that enhance the story being told. From sets and lighting to costumes and audio, technical theater makes the experience come alive for the audience.

What is Set Design? - History & Process

10. What is Set Design? - History & Process

This lesson introduces the history of set design from the early days of Greek theater to the processes used by set designers today. We'll look at several innovators and their contributions as well as some of the representational models and drawings used today.

Proscenium & Thrust Stages: Definition, Designs & Advantages

11. Proscenium & Thrust Stages: Definition, Designs & Advantages

The proscenium and thrust stages both serve important functions in theatrical productions. In this lesson, you'll explore the differences between the two and their separate functions in the world of theater.

Theatre Lighting: History & Design

12. Theatre Lighting: History & Design

This lesson examines the history of theatrical lighting development over the centuries, including new power sources, advancement in fixture designs, and famous innovators in modern lighting design.

Costume Design: Definition, History & Process

13. Costume Design: Definition, History & Process

Have you ever watched a movie and marveled at the costumes? Do you wonder who dreams up what the characters will look like? In this lesson, explore the history of costume design and learn how it's done.

What is Stage Management? - Definition & Responsibilities

14. What is Stage Management? - Definition & Responsibilities

Stage managers serve many roles in a theatrical production. From pre-rehearsals through rehearsals and performances, stage managers work long days to ensure that every aspect of the production runs smoothly.

The Role of the Audience in Theatre

15. The Role of the Audience in Theatre

From the outside, an audience may appear to be a passive participant in the theatre. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In theatre, the audience plays a crucial role in driving and even participating in the performance.

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