Directing & Dramaturgy
Directing: A Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors
A great new guide for the aspiring or emerging director. Covers all the basics and profiles the techniques of some of the trailblazers of stage direction. Further insight comes from the many interviews with working practitioners, theorists, and critics. Softcover, 328 pp. $29.00.
The Art of Active Dramaturgy
Lenora Inez Brown
From first meeting to final performance this concise and practical guide illuminates the role of the dramaturg in the theatre. Written by the former head of dramaturgy at DePaul University, The Art of Active Dramaturgy is based on decades of practice and all the most current research. Softcover, 212 pp. $32.95.
Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy
Michael Mark Chemers
The dramaturg's primary responsibility is to query the creative possibilities at every point of the production process, from play selection to costume design, and then research the various options and find ways to transform that knowledge into useful ideas. Perfectly suited to the needs of both the student and professional, Ghost Light is a valuable addition to all theatre libraries. Softcover, 211 pp. $37.50.
So You Want to Be a Theatre Director?
Directing plays is difficult. The aim of this book is to lay out what skills are needed, and to give some sense of how to develop them. Starting at the very beginning of the process, Stephen Unwin takes us step-by-step through: choosing a play, casting, design, rehearsals, and, finally, staging the finished product. The emphasis is on the professional theatre, but this book is useful in other contexts -- amateur dramatics, university drama, school plays and so on. Softcover, 248 pp. $33.00.
Brilliantly informative and fabulously witty this all encompassing A to Z on all areas of the art of directing is an essential reference tool for the modern theatre practitioner. From Acting, Adaptation and Agents, to Sound Effects, Superstitions, Trap Doors and Wardrobe. Theatre Craft is a refreshing and inspiring book for directors and anyone else in the theatre. Softcover, 800 pp. $45.00.
Improvisation in Rehearsal
Packed with useful exercises and improvisation scenarios, and examples from a wide variety of plays, Improvisation in Rehearsal reveals how improvisation enriches and enlivens the creation of characters, back-stories, relationships, shared histories and emotional lives. The book also demonstrates how improvisation can be used as a powerful tool in the foundation of a strong company, and when searching for the hidden depths and dynamics in a scene. Softcover,204 pp. $27.95.
Kazan on Directing
Responsible for revolutionizing theatre and film with dynamic action, poetic staging, and rigorous naturalism, Elia Kazan was the mid-twentieth century's most celebrated director. This remarkable book, drawn from his notebooks, letters, interviews, and autobiography, reveals Kazan's method: how he uncovered for himself the "spine" or core of each script and each character; how he analyzed each piece in terms of his own experience; how he determined the specifics of his production, from casting and costuming to set design and cinematography. Softcover, 341 pp. $22.00.
Creating Life on Stage: A Director's Approach to Working on Stage
Marshall W. Mason
Before the curtain goes up, an intense collaborative process transforms the words of a writer's script into a production that involves thousands of details, hundreds of decisions, and dozens of dedicated people. Making that collaboration a successful journey is a director's job, and in Creating Life on Stage, you'll find out how a major American director does it. Softcover, 252 pp. $25.95.
Fundamentals of Play Directing
Lawrence Carra & Alexander Dean
This landmark work has influenced generations of stage directors and is considered the most influential treatment of the art of directing. Both theoretical and practical, it offers content on the major technical and visual issues that beginning directors will find invaluable. Softcover, $49.95.
Stanislavsky and Directing: Theory, Practice and Influence
Inspired by the first conference ever held in Canada on Stanislavsky, Stanislavsky and Directing is an ideal introduction to the revolutionary ideas of this major figure in history of world theatre. This book will be of great use not only for practitioners working in the Stanislavsky tradition, but to academics as well who wish to obtain a more visceral understanding of the master's legacy. Softcover, 345 pp. $34.95.
Mainly On Directing Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals
by Arthur Laurents
Playwright, screenwriter, director, Arthur Laurents has been at the birth and rebirth of the American musical theatre's greatest creations for the past five decades. At the age of ninety one, he has just directed the wildly acclaimed new production of West Side Story on Broadway.
This book revels in the author's love for and understanding of, musical theatre, the people who make it and the audiences who attend.
He writes from experience, in rich detail about his work and the work of other great directors. There isn't a page in this book that doesn't entertain or give the reader a fascinating insight into the art of directing.
This is a book inspired by love, which we can be thankful for. Hardcover $28.95.
Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre
Christopher Innes & Maria Shevtsova
Insightful, in-depth and evocative, this is a collection of conversations with nine of the most innovative theatre directors of our time in Europe and North America: Eugenio Barba, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Elizabeth LeCompte, Robert Lepage, Simon McBurney, Katie Mitchell, Peter Sellars, and Max Stafford-Clark. Softcover, $27.95.
The Director's Craft
The Director's Craft is a unique and completely indispensible step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an indispensable item in every student and practitioner's kitbag. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Softcover, 241 pp. $28.50.
How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today
Addressing the issues and challenges facing all directors and performers-not to mention the growing audiences-of ancient dramas produced on the modern stage, renowned classicist Simon Goldhill responds here to the growing demand for a comprehensive guide to staging Greek tragedy today. Softcover, 250 pp. $21.95.
A Practical Guide to Pantomime
Pantomime is for the hundreds of people who find themselves involved in putting a pantomime on stage, and most particularly for those working on limited budgets in smaller venues. This guidebook will help you solve the particular problems of directing and choreography, costuming, backstage chaos, and creating spectacular effects with limited resources. Softcover, 160 pp. $32.95.
Dramaturgy and Performance
Cathy Behrndt & Synne Turner
Dramaturgy and Performance is one of the first books to examine the role of the dramaturg in the UK, extending the focus beyond writer development to look at production dramaturgy and devising processes. Highly accessible in style, this invaluable resource provides a comprehensive overview of the concept of dramaturgy and the practice of the dramaturg for both undergraduate students and practitioners. Softcover, 229 pp. $27.95.
Taking Stock: The Theatre of Max Stafford-Clark
Philip Roberts & Max Stafford-Clark
Max Stafford-Clark's career as a theatre director is one of the longest, richest, and most influential of any of his peers at work in the British theatre today. It also has a striking homogeneity and integrity. This book offers an inside account, mostly in the first person, of the making of some of the most influential theatre productions of the last four decades. Softcover, 266 pp. $37.00.
The Wooster Group Work Book
This is an extraordinary book which chronicles the working practices of one of the world's leading performance companies. Rehearsal methods, source materials, as well as the creative thinking and reflections of director Elizabeth LeCompte and her main artistic collaborators are included as the book focuses on five performance pieces which are considered classics of the contemporary stage. Combining journal extracts, actors' notes, stage designs, stage managers' logs with stunning photos, this is an indispensable resource for students and anyone interested in contemporary performance. Large format, softcover. $49.95.
And Then, You Act
And Then, You Act contains eight new essays on art,
theatre and the collaborative creative process by award-winning theatre
director, Anne Bogart. Where her last book, A Director Prepares,
detailed the process of preparation for an artist, this book is about
the importance of action during times of difficulty, whether personal
or political. Softcover, 140 pp. $35.50.
Joan Littlewood: Routledge Perfomance Practitioners
A theatrical and cultural innovator, Joan Littlewood's various contributions
to theatre made a huge impact on the way in which theatre was generated,
rehearsed and presented during the 20th century. This book combines
an overview of Littlewood's career in relation to the wider social,
political and cultural context, an exploration of Littlewood's theatrical
influence, a detailed case study of the origins, research, creative
process and thinking behind Littlewood's most famous production, Oh
What a Lovely War, as well as a series of practical exercises
designed to illustrate Littlewood's key approaches to rehearsal. Softcover,
154 pp. $36.95.
The Theatricality of Robert Lepage
Aleksandar Sasa Dundjerovic
Robert Lepage, one of the pioneers and the main exponents of mixed-media performance, is internationally renowned for a notoriously distinct aesthetic. In the first book to explore Lepage's practical work, Aleksandar Dundjerovic offers a comprehensive analysis of his creative process and transformative mise-en-scene. Softcover, 252 pp. $32.95.
Directing: The Art and Craft
Teachers at all levels will find Directing: The Art and Craft informative and entertaining. The book is filled with personal anecdotes that demonstrate and make vivid John Glossop's suggested approaches to working with students. Softcover, 95 pp. $17.95.
And Then, You Act
And Then, You Act contains eight new essays on art, theatre and the collaborative creative process by award-winning theatre director, Anne Bogart. Where her last book, A Director Prepares, detailed the process of preparation for an artist, this book is about the importance of action during times of difficulty, whether personal or political. Softcover, 140 pp. $27.95.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals
You're no idiot, of course. You'd like to mount a theatre production without
unscripted disaster scenes or backstage drama. But when it comes
to the reality of sets, rehearsals, and promotion, you definitely
If this is the case, then this book will show you how to add professional
flair to your next school or community play.
Softcover, 372 pp. $21.00.
So You Want to be a Theatre Director?
Starting at the very beginning, Stephen Unwin takes the reader step-by-step
through: Choosing a Play, Casting, Design, Rehearsals, and Running
the Play. The result is the perfect 'how-to' book on theatre directing.
Softcover, 248 pp. $33.00.
Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre
Changing Direction is a guide to directing actors based
on the author's years of experience in the classroom and on set, as well
as in her highly
sought-out workshops in New York and Los Angeles. DeKoven covers everything
from script to character development, rehearsals, casting, and working
with the camera. Relevant to directors and actors of TV, film, and theatre,
book will help you become a better, more effective director or actor.
Softcover, 193 pp. $31.95.
How to Stage a Play, Make a Fortune, Win a Tony, and become a Theatrical
Based on the author's personal experiences, this concise handbook follows
a director's journey from the casting process to opening night, revealing
the hidden or unspoken aspects of play and stage production that are
rarely, if ever, described in theatre manuals. Veteran director Charles
discusses topics such as rehearsals, characterization, tempo-rhythm,
dramaturgy, and actor-and-audience psychology, demystifying an art form
that is often
dealt with only in terms of abstract concepts and ideology rather than
the mundane, nitty-gritty nuts-and-bolts requirements of just "getting
the show on the road." Softcover, 152 pp. $18.95.
The Viewpoints Book
Anne Bogart & Tina Landau
Over the past twenty years, Viewpoints training has ignited the imaginations
of choreographers, actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs and writers.
Viewpoints is taught all over the world and used by countless theatre
artists in the rehearsal process, yet its theory and application
have rarely been
documented. Now Ann Bogart and Tina Landau, two of the field's most
gifted and innovative directors, have created a book that distills
and provides a step-by-step recipe for using Viewpoints as a training
and rehearsal technique.
Softcover, 224 pp. $25.95.
Fifty Key Theatre Directors
Shomit Mitter & Maria Shevtsova
In this splendid guide to theatre directors, fifty of the most brilliant
and influencial innovators of the stage -- Vsevolod Meyerhold, Erwin
Piscator, Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Tadashi Suzuki, Ann Bogart,
Robert Lepage, and
several others -- are discussed in detailed entries. Each entry examines
a director's key productions, ideas and rehearsal methods, effectively
combining theory and practice. The result is an ideal guide to international
theatre of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
Softcover, 286 pp. $38.95.
Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers
Based on the premise that plays should be objects of study in and of themselves,
this book teaches an established system of classifications that examines the
written part of a play. Students will immediately be able to incorporate the
concepts and procedures they learn into their practical creative work. Actors,
directors, and designers will benefit from clear and comprehensive examples,
end-of-chapter questions, and summaries meant to stimulate their creative process
as they engage in production work. Softcover, 336 pp. $46.50.
Hidden Territories: The Theatre of Gardzienice
Wlodzimierz Staniewski & Alison Hodge
This is the first full-length articulation by Wlodzimierz Staniewski of his philosophy
and practice. This remarkable theatre director, with collaborator Alison Hodge,
gives a fascinating insight into his company's principles and techniques. Also
included is a CD-ROM which enables the reader to experience the stunning visual
and aural complexity of the performances through extensive video footage of productions,
and training. Softcover, 148 pp. $53.95.
Directing Amateur Theatre
Helen E. Sharman
Directing Amateur Theatre is an informative guide to the skills and responsibilities
necessary to stage a successful amateur show. Written by a director with extensive
experience, this book guides the reader through every stage of the director's
role from choosing the right play, running auditions, managing the back stage
the rehearsal process, to the week of the show. Softcover, 142 pp. $32.95.
Notes on Directing
This highly practical manual has been endorsed by a veritable ‹who‰s whoþ of
the contemporary theatre including Edward Albee, Tom Stoppard, Dame Judi Dench,
Rupert Graves, Sir Ian McKellen among many others. Judi Dench says ‹ This book
is a gem -- witty and full of insight. It should be required reading for every
aspiring director.‰We would add that actors will find this book invaluable.
Eyes on Stalks
Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs and original drawings from the
artist's sketchbook, this vivid account brings to life the working practices of one
of Britain's leading arts companies, Welfare State International. Written by the
company's artistic director, John Fox, this wonderous and inspirational book is ideal
for anyone interested in contemporary performance, art, and theatre. Softcover 272
Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy
Judith Rudakoff and Lynn M. Thomson
Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy is a series of lively and informative
conversations undertaken by Canadian Judith Rudakoff and American Lynn M. Thomson
with selected dramaturgs from Canada and USA.
In an accessible, conversational style that will appeal to audience members as
well as theatre professionals, these engaging, frank explorations touch on each dramaturg's
highly individualized work process, developed over careers that in themselves present
a panoramic overview of the development of the profession in both countries. These
discussions also investigate a wide range of ideas and theories about the role of
dramaturgy, and highlight examples from specific projects and particular work experiences.
Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy is a sampling of adventures
in dramaturgy across many borders and boundaries: from geographical to aesthetic
and beyond. Along with the many parallels and distinctions that these conversations
with Canadian and American dramaturgs bring into focus, readers will also find a
shared and abiding concern with issues of identity and artistic voice. Throughout
the book, the remarkable variation in described duties, responsibilities and experiences
will offer readers a sense of the multitude of possibilities that dramaturgy presents
as a profession.
Canadian dramaturgs included are Urjo Kareda, Peter Hinton, Bob White, Jenny Munday,
D.D. Kugler, Maureen LaBonte and Bill Glassco. American dramaturgs included are Michael
Bigelow Dixon, Morgan Jenness, Anne Cattaneo, Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, Norman Frisch
and Mark Bly.
Devised and Collaborative Theatre: A Practical Guide
Tina Bicat and Chris Baldwin
Devised and Collaborative Theatre offers detailed advice on every aspect of the
devising process and valuable insights into the process of making theatre collectively.
It is written for all companies who are interested in non-text based theatre
and designed to solve the technical problems that occur when starting work without
a clear idea of the finished product. Softcover, 160 pp. $41.95.
Tips: Ideas for Directors
In the introduction to this book, Jory notes that over the course of his long directing
career, there have been many moments when a tip from a veteran could have helped
him short-cut a problem, and save valuable time. In that spirit, this book offers
many bits of golden advice on all aspects of directing, from casting to text interpretation
to staging. A practical, no-nonsense guide. Softcover, $27.95.
Between Director and Actor: Stategies for Effective Performance
Mandy Rees & John Staniunas
Divided in to specific sections, for specific acting challenges,
this collection of "notes" -- suggestions, hints, strategies,
and tips -- is geared towards maximizing the collaboration inherent
to the performing arts. For both actors and directors, this book is
a handy reference guide to help improve and refine their crafts. Softcover,
204 pp. $27.95.
The Empty Space
One of the world's most famous directors gives
us the distillation of his knowledge and experience of the theatre. A brilliant book,
should be read by many besides those passionate few to whom it will be required reading.
What Is Dramaturgy?
Edited by Bert Cardullo
Dramaturgs, or literary managers, play an enormous role in theatre production, yet
the concept of "dramaturgy" is poorly or vaguely understood by many theatre
professionals. In this insightful collection of essays, dramaturgs, writers and directors
discuss the functions and facets of dramaturgy, and why the role of dramaturg can
have an enormous impact on the success of a production. Softcover, $55.95.
In Contact With The Gods: Directors Talk Theatre
Edited by Maria M. Delgado & Paul Heritage
This inspiring collection of interviews features 18 of the top contemporary directors,
including Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Robert Lepage, Ariane Mnouchkine, Jonathan Miller
and Giorgio Strehler, among others. Illustrated with black and white photos and featuring
the best epilogue I've ever read: a discussion between Peter Brook, Jonathan Miller
and Oliver Sacks about the process of staging "The Man Who Mistook His Wife
For A Hat ". Softcover, $27.95.
Play Directing In The School: A Drama Director's Survival Guide
by David Grote
Directing high school or elementary theatre has its own unique challenges and rewards,
and this book meets them head on. Written especially for the novice director, Play
Directing In The School takes you from the process of choosing a script to the
finicky task of casting to rehearsal process. Chapters include "Acting &
Student Actors," "Recurrent Problems," and "Building A Theatre
Program. " Softcover, $26.95.
Staging Musical Theatre: A Complete Guide for Directors, Choreographers & Producers
by Elaine A. Novak & Deborah Novak
This book has it all! From lists of major play companies and musical theatre rights
holders, to advice on analyzing scripts, to descriptions of rehearsal management,
Staging Musical Theatre tells you everything you need to know to put together
a successful, energetic show. Softcover, $28.99.
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