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Is a film director a part of "performing arts"?

Asked by Earthflag (549points) January 1st, 2012

When I hear “performing arts”, I always imagine theater and dance. Can a movie director or actor be in the category of performing arts?

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zenvelo's avatar

A film director is not a performing artist. That isn’t meant to discount what they do, it’s just a different category.

I, too, view movies in general as a different category altogether, even for actors. I think of performing arts as done before a live audience.

Is there a reason you are asking this?

marinelife's avatar

Of course actors and directors are performing artists.

sndfreQ's avatar

In the conventional sense, they are media artists, which falls more toward visual arts. In professional terms, most of the time they fall under the occupational category of “media and entertainment.”

Aethelflaed's avatar

I would say directors are in the performing arts, but are not themselves performing artists. Like how stage crew for a theater production are in the performing arts, but aren’t performing artists.

MilkyWay's avatar

Yes, they are.

College_girl's avatar

As a former theatre major, someone that wanted to become a director, whether it be film or theatre would study as a theatre/visual arts major (or at least minor in it). However, they would probably not consider themself a performing artist.

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