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What are the practical and creative elements for becoming a director?How do you get started?What is the best way for actors, designers, and crew to work with directors?The purpose of this guide is to give middle and high school drama students a chance to fully understand the art and the craft of stage directing. Drawing on years of experience directing and producing plays, Wilma covers such topics as:? What is directing?? What does a director do?? How to read and analyze a script and really understand it!? How to visualize your show? How to get started: thinking about all aspects of the play includingresearch, music, lights, costumes, genre? How to hold auditions? How to talk to your cast and crew, and how to listen!? Staging techniques: blocking, picturization, arc, rhythm? How to prepare a production, including rehearsal techniques, timelines, budgets, royalties, publicity? How to prepare for a career in directing? A brief history of directing from the pre-Greeks to the moderns.WILMA MARCUS CHANDLER is a director, choreographer, and acting teacher. She chaired the Theatre Arts department at Cabrillo College, in Santa Cruz, California, for many years and has directed productions for many Bay Area theater companies. She was co-founder of the National Festival of Women?s Theatre and the Santa Cruz Actors? Theatre ?eight tens@eight festival? of ten-minute plays. She is the editor of four other popular books published by Smith and Kraus.