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the stage director spent most of the rehearsal working with the actors to block out the scene
Recent Examples on the Web Journalist and stage director Isaac Butler, author of a forthcoming book on the topic, points out that defining the method is tricky business. Tana Wojczuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Charlotte Cushman Broke Barriers on Her Way to Becoming the A-List Actress of the 1800s," 30 June 2020 The filming, conceived brilliantly by original stage director Thomas Kail and cinematographer Declan Quinn, is seamless, offering audiences angles that would be impossible in a theater. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The 'Hamilton' movie doesn't throw away its shot at greatness: Review," 4 July 2020 The film — overseen by the show’s stage director, Thomas Kail — instead places a kind of visual exclamation point on what a theater audience sees. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens," 26 June 2020 Opera companies also employ legions of other freelancers — stage directors, set designers, costumers and stagehands — who will lose significant chunks of income from the cancellations. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Santa Fe Opera adds to growing list of summer festival cancellations," 12 May 2020 But those in the audience protested, asking loudly from their seats for the stage directors to turn the lights back up and let Lee speak. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Parasite' dominated the Oscars on a historic night," 10 Feb. 2020 Mendes’s themes tend to be shouted rather than implied, as though the stage director in him worries that the half-asleep patron in the final row of the balcony might have missed the point. Kyle Smith, National Review, "1917: A Somber Journey into Hell," 25 Dec. 2019 The drama finds a stage director and his wife navigating a grueling bicoastal divorce that pushes them to some personal and creative extremes. Greg Crawford,, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Pete Davidson, Willow and Jaden Smith, Eric D'Alessandro," 27 Nov. 2019 Engineers may have their hands on the soundboard dials, but Audible likes having a stage director’s fingers all over the production. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Now hear this! Playwrights are making theater for the ears. Yes, that’s a thing.," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stage director

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stage director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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