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A theatre director has responsibility for the overall practical and creative interpretation of a dramatic script or musical score.
They are involved in the whole process, from the design and pre-production stages, right through to the final performance.
Directors work closely with their creative and production teams, the performers and the producer to create a performance which connects with the audience. They therefore need to be able to coordinate effectively across a range of disciplines and with artistic vision.
Most directors are usually employed on a freelance or fixed-term contract basis. They can be employed as artistic or resident directors in repertory companies.
Some directors are also writers, designers and performers and may write, devise, design and act in their own work.
Some theatre directors may act as an administrator or producer depending on the staffing structure and size of the theatre.
They may work alongside an executive administrator or general manager who heads the theatre, or an artistic director who selects the plays and determines the programming.
Specific tasks can vary depending on the actual role and type of theatre but common activities include:
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