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Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's Chair (Performance Books) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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"...filled with smart, useful, thoughtful advice... I learned a lot from this remarkably straightforward book... it is invaluable." -- Director Mark Lamos, Former Artistic Director, Hartford Stage
"BEST PERFORMING ARTS BOOK OF THE YEAR" 2004 Ippy Award -- Independent Publisher
"BOOK OF THE YEAR" 2003 Silver Award -- ForeWord Magazine
"Frank Hauser's...wise and pithy observations on acting and rehearsing dont age, reminding me how much I learned from him." -- Sir Ian McKellen
"OUTSTANDING BOOK ON THEATRE OR LIVE PERFORMANCE" 2003 George Freedley Award Finalist -- Theatre Library Association
"This book is so sensible, complete, and 'right,' that somebody might think it was not serious. They would be wrong." -- Pulitzer Prize Winner Edward Albee
" if you need a practical manual of the craft, this book should be by your side." -- Sir Richard Eyre, Former Artistic Director, Britains Royal National Theatre
A highly useful, insightful, thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking look at the directing process. Essential for all performing arts collections. -- Library Journal, April 1, 2003, in a starred review
Clear, straightforward, dryly funny. Deserves to earn at least a million dollars, if not a Nobel Peace Prize. -- The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2004
Like sitting down for sherry with a wicked and droll Oxford don...full of surprising interests and quirky delights. -- American Theatre magazine, October, 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
In 1987, British Director Frank Hauser quietly handed twelve pages of typewritten notes to his apprentice, American Russell Reich. The notesgathered over a long career and polished to a sharp edgedocumented the teachings and directions that Hauser shared privately with a host of theatrical and cinematic figures, including Sir Alec Guinness, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Kevin Spacey, and many others who called Hauser their director, mentor, teacher, or boss.
Now, the former student has expanded and enhanced his mentor's private notes into a book-length format suitable for anyone searching for the timeless gems of the director's craft. Drawing on years of training, decades of experience, and the distilled wisdom of leading practitioners, "Notes on Directing" is filled with enduring good advice expressed in assertive, no-nonsense language. More than a "how-to," this is a tool for directors looking to better translate the page to the stage -- or to the screen. With one hundred and thirty directives supported with explanatory commentary, helpful examples, and rare quotes, this deceptively slim volume has the impact of a privileged apprenticeship to a great master.
Whether you are a student or a professional, a playgoer, moviegoer, or enthusiast, Notes on Directing provides a thrilling glimpse into the hidden process of creating a live, shared experience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.