Directing Different Kinds of Shows
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Is there a difference in process when directing a musical as compared to a physical comedy or even Shakespeare? Director Melissa Rain Anderson explores this question.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Theatre-124**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of a directing unit with students as they direct scenes in different genres.
  • Use the video as part of a career exploration unit in theatre. What new ideas about working in theatre do students learn from this director’s experiences?


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.