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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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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