The Director’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to the role of the theatrical director.

Following the chronology of the directing process, the book discusses each stage in precise detail, considering the selection and analysis of the script, the audition process, casting, character development, rehearsals, how to self-evaluate a production and everything in between.

Drawing on the author’s own experience in multiple production roles, the book highlights the relationship between the director, stage manager and designer, exploring how the director should be involved in all elements of the production process. Featuring a unique exploration of directing in special circumstances, the book includes chapters on directing nonrealistic plays, musicals, alternative theatre configurations, and directing in an educational environment.

The book includes detailed illustrations, step-by-step checklists, and opportunities for further exploration, offering a well-rounded foundation for aspiring directors.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: What Is a Director?

part I|55 pages

The Script

chapter 1|11 pages

Script Selection

chapter 2|19 pages

Understanding the Play: Script Analysis

chapter 3|13 pages

Research Leading to a Concept

chapter 4|9 pages


part II|27 pages

The Production Staff

chapter 5|16 pages

Working with the Production Staff

chapter 6|8 pages

Working with the Stage Manager

part III|48 pages

Auditions and Casting

chapter 7|14 pages


chapter 8|12 pages


chapter 9|20 pages

Scheduling for the Production

part IV|79 pages

Floor Plans, Stage Pictures, and Blocking

chapter 10|37 pages

Developing the Floor Plan

chapter 11|14 pages

Creating Stage Pictures

chapter 12|25 pages


part V|73 pages

The Rehearsal Process

chapter 13|14 pages

Working with the Actors

chapter 14|12 pages

Rehearsal Techniques

chapter 15|12 pages

Rehearsal Challenges

chapter 16|10 pages

Tempo, Rhythm, and Pace

chapter 17|12 pages

Polishing the Play

chapter 18|10 pages

Evaluating the Production

part VI|50 pages

Additional Topics

chapter 20|9 pages

Directing Musicals

chapter 21|14 pages

Directing in Alternative Settings

chapter 22|10 pages

Directing in an Educational Environment

chapter |1 pages

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