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THEA451 Advanced Directing

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The art of directing, through the study of the work of leading directors and through practical application, including the direction of two short plays.

In this full-year paper, you will develop your own "voice" as a theatre director. You will direct three varied pieces, including one in a non-theatre environment and a Lunchtime Theatre project.

Paper title Advanced Directing
Paper code THEA451
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,348.43
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 300-level THEA points (including THEA 311 or THEA 352)
(i) The prerequisite THEA352 or THEA311 may be replaced by an approved equivalent. (ii) Admission to THEA451 in any year is limited. Students intending to enrol for this paper must contact the programme co-ordinator by 23 November. Late applications may be considered.
Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Stuart Young

Paper Structure

Classes include a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.


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Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will deepen your understanding of the role of the director, in both theory and practice. You will enhance skills in creative imagination, interpretation and analysis, and in working with text, space and actors.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-40