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Encyclopedia > Artistic director

The artistic director of a theatre is responsible for choosing the material staged in a season, and the hiring of creative/production personnel (such as directors), as well as other theatre management tasks. He or she may also direct productions for that company. He or she is primarily responsible for the finished product of the theatres (the actual performances) as opposed to the business end of the theatre operations. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Direct is associated with a number of meanings: A direct route or service is the one that goes between the start and end points without diverting to a third location en route. ...


This position works closely with the administrative support staff of a theatre (such as General Manager, Business Manager, Producer, or Executive Administrative) and contributes the artistic evaluation of projects and productions to be included in promotional, funding, and press materials. They also function as a resource to the directors working to mount productions at their theatre and can provide support, counsel, and/or artistic input where requested. The Artistic Director may be called to assume the production should the director become unable to complete his/her duties.


In some ensemble companies, the Artistic Director is responsible for recruiting a group of performers to act as a talent pool for the company's productions. This ensemble may include actors and artists of various disciplines. The AD functions as leader of this group, with the aim to create and/or realize various new and established works. (Anderson, Jan06)


What makes a good director is not only the ability to choose a play and select a cast who will work well together but also the ability to approach the material in a fresh new sense- no matter how many times it has been staged before. An artistic director needs to get out the very best in the play, the actors, the set and the resources/facilities available. He requires an eye for space and spatial relationships, and an idea of how to translate the play from the page to the stage. It is the duty of the artistic director to find all that is laudabile and praiseworthy in a play, to camouflage and justify the inconsistancies and to make sure that the actors serve the intentions of the playwright. (Nesrin 12/12) This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ...


This differs from the Artistic Director role, in which the AD must be able to select a canon of works for a given season or series of seasons, to reflect the madate of the company, as well as provide an offering to the audience which will challenge, entertain, and excite them to continue to attend their productions. (Anderson, Jan06)


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Theatre direction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (554 words)
A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production.
The director, as a position in and of itself, is a relatively new innovation in the history of theatre, with the first examples appearing in the late 1800s and widespread popularity only being achieved in the early part of the 20th century.
Many contemporary directors use a creative amalgam of styles, depending on the genre of the theatrical work, the nature of the project and the type of cast.
Artistic director - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (373 words)
The artistic director of a theatre is responsible for choosing the material staged in a season, and the hiring of creative/production personnel (such as directors), as well as other theatre management tasks.
What makes a good director is not only the ability to choose a play and select a cast who will work well together but also the ability to approach the material in a fresh new sense- no matter how many times it has been staged before.
It is the duty of the artistic director to find all that is laudabile and praiseworthy in a play, to camouflage and justify the inconsistancies and to make sure that the actors serve the intentions of the playwright.
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