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NM3703 - Directing Project

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts (pre 2015)

Students focus on the distinction between the performance artist and the director examining the idea of alternative space as the director's stage. Students research the historical developments of directing for stage and contemporary performance artists including Annie Sprinkle, Karen Finley, Gilbert and George, Laurie Anderson and others to provide students with contextual frameworks to site their own performances. Individual projects integrate image, text, graphic, light and sound into the final theatrical product and students participate in all facets of the director's process: demonstrating qualities of leadership, choosing/writing a performance; developing the concept; auditioning, conceptualising; design, costumes, sound and lighting; exploring rehearsal techniques with actors/performers; developing mise en scene; tempo-rhythm.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to apply directing skills to a substantial event;
  • ability to analyse contemporary performance art within the discourses of gender and race;
  • ability to apply theoretical paradigms to developed performance events;
  • ability to analyse and document the director's contribution to the performance process.
Prerequisites: NM2710 AND NM2701


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr David Salisbury
Lecturer: Ms Arminelle Fleming.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: performance project (40%); essays (20%); seminar research paper (20%); workshop tasks (20%).

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