The Director and Directing

Craft, Process and Aesthetic in Contemporary Theatre

  • Adam J. Ledger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 249-275

About this book


This book critically assesses the artistry of contemporary directors. Its discussion includes the work of Declan Donnellan, Thomas Ostermeier, Deborah Warner, Simon Stone and Krzysztof Warlikowski. Alongside the work of wider theorists (Patrice Pavis and Erika Fischer-Lichte), it uses neuroaesthetic theory (Semir Zeki) and cognitive and creative process models to offer an original means to discuss the performance event, emotion, brain structures and concepts, and the actor’s body in performance. It offers first-hand observation of rehearsals led by Katie Mitchell, Ivo van Hove, Carrie Cracknell and the Steppenwolf Theatre. It also explores devising in relation to the work of Simon McBurney and contemporary groups, and scenography in relation to the work of Dmitry Krymov, Robert Wilson and Robert Lepage. The Director and Directing argues that the director creates a type of knowledge, ‘reward’ and ‘resonant experience’ (G. Gabrielle Starr) through instinctive and expert choices.


Director Directing Contemporary theatre Declan Donnellan Thomas Ostermeier Deborah Warner Simon Stone Krzysztof Warlikowski Performance event Cognition and creativity Katie Mitchell Ivo van Hove Carrie Cracknell Steppenwolf Theatre Simon McBurney Dmitry Krymov Robert Wilson Robert Lepage

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam J. Ledger
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  1. 1.Reader in Theatre and PerformanceUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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