The Director’s Eye
A Comprehensive Textbook for Directors and Actors
Can a theater class textbook be both inspirational and informative? Yes! This holistic book on directing and acting does it all. Students will keep it as a lifelong career reference on how to make things work. Written subjectively, it’s based on nearly a half-century of teaching and directing. A text that compels involvement in all layers of creating memorable theatre. Thirty-five chapters in seven sections with assignments and convenient section summaries make a complete semester course. This text is far more than “how-to;” it’s a narrative about artistic discovery. Experientially it reveals how to jolt lagging imaginations into an ensemble of lively and involved performers. Adaptable for use by student directors and actors from secondary to graduate level. Recommended by leading theatre educators as the text they’ve been waiting for.
Reviews for The Director’s Eye
“I’ve read Clurman and Brook but no text has the depth and breadth of John Ahart’s The Director’s Eye. …It will shake up many conventions that work against the immediate theatrical experience. Just one example is the way Ahart advises having actors memorize their lines — a seemingly banal task few have investigated.” — Paul Swanson, Chicago
“Thirty chapters on everything from imparting the style and content of a play to the special challenges of comedy and other formats. A ‘must’ for aspiring directors.” — Midwest Book Review
“Along with William Ball’s superb A Sense of Direction, John Ahart’s The Director’s Eye stands as the finest book ever written about the art of directing.” — J. Remington, Adams, Oregon