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[rey-zhuh-sur; French rey-zhee-sœr] /ˌreɪ ʒəˈsɜr; French reɪ ʒiˈsœr/
noun, plural régisseurs
[rey-zhuh-surz; French rey-zhee-sœr] /ˌreɪ ʒəˈsɜrz; French reɪ ʒiˈsœr/ (Show IPA)
someone responsible for the staging of a theatrical work, especially of a ballet; director.
< French: manager, agent, steward, equivalent to régiss-, long stem of régir to govern, manage (Middle FrenchLatin regere; see regent) + -eur -eur Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for regisseurs


an official in a dance company with varying duties, usually including directing productions
Word Origin
from régir to manage
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Encyclopedia Article for regisseurs


(French: "manager"), theatrical director or stage manager, especially in France, Russia, Germany, and Italy, whose duties encompass the artistic interpretation and integration of a play, the guided rehearsal of the actors, and the overall responsibility for the technical and economic aspects of the production. The position is similar to that of the director in the American theatre and the producer in that of England. In ballet a regisseur coordinates the activities of the producer, stage technicians, and orchestra; handles the finances of the company; and makes all the arrangements for tours. In the cinema a regisseur's duties-much like those of the assistant director in the British and American systems-chiefly involve the management of costumes, sets, and props.

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