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Kenneth Rea Papers on Director Training

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This material is held atV&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283
Dates of Creationca.1988
Name of CreatorKenneth Rea
Language of Material English
Physical Description 24 files

Scope and Content

The collection includes a copy of the Director's Training enquiry’s completed report, the submitted questionnaires and accompanying letters from directors, material on director training and courses in the UK and overseas, and material relating to the seminar which was held during the enquiry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kenneth Rea was appointed as researcher to a project designed to investigate the training of directors for theatre, film and television. The enquiry was set up by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1987, with most of the survey work conducted by questionnaire and site visits during 1988. The research culminated in a report produced in May 1989, A Better Direction: an enquiry into the training of directors for theatre, film and television. The enquiry was chaired by Professor Edward Braun, Head of Drama at Bristol University and Chairman of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Members of the enquiry included Mike Alfreds, Paul Bassett, Yvonne Brewster, Sheila Kelly, Mike Leigh, Adrian Noble and Chrissie Poulter. Ian Brown, Drama Director of the Arts Council acted as an advisor to the enquiry. A questionnaire was sent to every known director in Britain.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Theatre direction in the 20th and 21st century, as well as the details of Kenneth Rea's own productions in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

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Subjects

Theater--Production and direction
Theater--Vocational guidance
Theater--Research
Theater--Study and teaching.
Theater symposium

Personal Names

Rea,  Kenneth

Corporate Names

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Victorian College of Arts
The Royal College of Art
University of Bristol
British Actors Equity Association
British Council
Arts Council of Great Britain
London Business School
The National Film and Television School
ARTTS International
University of Kent

Titles

A Better Direction: A National Enquiry Into the Training of Directors for Theatre, Film and Television

Cataloguing Info

TitleKenneth Rea Papers on Director Training
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Questionnaires and Research

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 14 folders

Scope and Content

Various documents and drafts relating to the production of the questionnaire Director's Training Enquiry, along with responses submitted, completed questionnaires, and other initial research data.


Questionnaire- Director's Training Enquiry

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/1
Dates of Creation1987-1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder containing various drafts and copies of the final questionnaire Kenneth Rea sent out to industry professionals across the UK entitled Director's Training Enquiry, and various documents relating to the cost and production of sending out the questionnaire, such as receipts, transport tickets, a Post Office Business Reply Licence, a time schedule, and consultation letters with various members of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation panel regarding the drafting of the questionnaire.


Processed Submissions

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Responses to the questionnaire entitled Director's Training Enquiry. These were sent out by Kenneth Rea to a great variety of professionals across the United Kingdom on behalf of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The questionnaire concerned research into the definition of a director, a director's functions, thoughts on assistant directors, and director's training. Responses received were from directors in television, theatre, opera, radio, and dance, but also various writers, designers, lecturers, script editors, producers, mime artists, arts administrators, and actors.

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 part of this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Alphabetical Responses

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 7 files

Scope and Content

Completed questionnaires, Director's Training Enquiry.


Completed Questionnaires A-B

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/1
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires C-E

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires F-H

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/3
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires I-L

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/4
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires M-Q

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/5
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires R-S

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/6
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Completed Questionnaires T-Z

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/3/7
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 file

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Gulbenkian Foundation Director's Training Enquiry Statistical Summary

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/4
Dates of Creation1988
Name of CreatorGordon Reece
Physical Description 1 Booklet

Scope and Content

A booklet containing the statistical summary of the responses to Kenneth Rea's questionnaire, Director's Training Enquiry, compiled by Gordon Reece at University of Bristol's Department of Engineering Mathematics.


Equity Submission

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/5
Dates of Creation1988
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

A variety of documents from the British Actors Equity Association in the form of working papers from the Directors' and Designers' Committees and a specifically set up Working Party formed by the Council in response to Kenneth Rea's request for evidence for the Director's Training Enquiry.


Regional Seminars

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/6
Dates of Creation1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Agenda of seminars held across the country on topic of Director's Training Enquiry, lists of participants, responses from participants, topics for discussion at the seminars, draft of seminar introductory speech.

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 part of this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Contacts

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/7
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Folder full of lists of contacts that could respond to the questionnaire Director's Training Enquiry sent by Kenneth Rea.

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


Report on the Symposium into Directors Training

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/1/8
Dates of Creation1986
Name of CreatorMargaret Sheehy, Signe Hoffos, Sarah Monk, Penelope Stokes
Physical Description 1 manuscript

Scope and Content

A report summarising the findings and containing the transcript of the Symposium into Directors Training held at the London Business School, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council.


Course Material

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 7 folders

Scope and Content

Various documents relating to industry training courses and visits to academic institutions.


Visits and Reports

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/1
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 2 folder

Scope and Content

Documents relating to visits and subsequent reports conducted in relation to producing A Better Direction.


Visits

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/1/1
Dates of Creation1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Documents relating to visits by Kenneth Rea to various teaching institutions across the UK regarding the types of training available for directors at all levels of education.


Visit Reports

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/1/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Responses from various educational establishments within the UK with details of their courses. After each research visit Kenneth Rea either compiled a summary report of what he learnt on his visit and sent it to each establishment to approve or correct, or the establishment sent their own summary. In particular the documents describe the intake figures and demographic, along with the structure or the course and the assessment criteria.


Courses

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Documents describing various related courses in the industry.


Courses- UK

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/2/1
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

A selection of documents, leaflets and guides describing educational courses across the UK relating to the performing arts industry.


Courses- Foreign

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/2/2
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Correspondance regarding draft entries for the report A Better Direction sent to various UK and overseas performing arts education establishments by Kenneth Rea, including replies from Scotland, Wales, Poland, USA, and Australia.


Prospectuses

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/3
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 3 folders

Scope and Content

Prospectuses for various educational establishments providing industry related training.


Prospectuses- Various

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/3/1
Dates of Creationca. 1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

A variety of prospectuses including The Royal College of Art, University of Kent, ARTTS International, The National Film and Television School. Some were sent in response to Rea's initial advertisement in Stage, when calling for participants into the study, and some were later in response to the publication of A Better Direction.


Victorian College of Arts Prospectus, Map and Curriculum

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/3/2
Dates of Creationca. 1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

A variety of Victorian College of Arts prospectuses along with a map of the college grounds and a copy of the curriculum for the School of Drama.


ITCA Training Programme for Trainee Programme Directors

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/2/3/3
Dates of Creation1987
Name of CreatorIndependent Television Companies Association
Physical Description 1 booklet

Scope and Content

A log book to be used whilst engaging on the Independent Television Companies Association's training programme for Trainee Programme Directors.


Interim Reports

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/3
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Copy of two Interim Reports produced by Kenneth Rea in 1988 detailing findings at various stages in the year with regards questionnaire response, demographic of respondants, what could be summarised at that stage, and how the data was being analysed.


Final Report

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/4
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Various notes and drafts relating to the production of the final report A Better Direction, along with a copy of the final manuscript.


Report Notes

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/4/1
Dates of Creationca.1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Various documents pertaining to the production of A Better Direction publication. Including copy of the foreword by Professor Edward Braun, press release, agendas and minutes of various meetings precluding research, proposals on methodology, objectives for the research, and lists of addresses for overseas educational institutes.

Conditions Governing Access

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 part of this file is closed until 01/01/2070.


A Better Direction - Manuscript

Reference Number(s)GB 71 THM/283/4/2
Dates of Creation1989
Physical Description 1 manuscript

Scope and Content

A Better Direction, a manuscript compiling and analysing the evidence found through the responses to the Director's Training Enquiry questionnaire produced by Kenneth Rea for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.