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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


Readings in Theatre Practice

ISBN 9780230276215
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readings in Theatre Practice

Is directing an art? Do directors need to be trained? What do directors actually do? These questions and more are answered in this accessibly written survey of the art of theatre direction. Its broad scope ranges across the theatres of both America and Europe, looking at practices from Stanislavski up to the present day.

SIMON SHEPHERD is Professor of Theatre and Deputy Principal (Academic) at the Central School of Speech and Drama, UK. He has published on the cultural history of, and concepts about, theatre and its practices since 1981. His works include The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Theatre (2010), Performance Research 14.2 'On Training' (2009), Theatre, Body and Pleasure (2006) and Drama/Theatre/Performance (with Mick Wallis) (2004).

Preface: This Book and the Others.- PART I: FINDING A NAME FOR IT.- PART II: BEING A DIRECTOR.- What is it Directors Do?.- Methods of Direction.- PART III: INTERVIEW WITH RALF RICHARDT STROBECH.- PART IV: HISTORIES.- The Beginning of Directors, and their Possible End: A Brief History.- The Pre-history of Directing.- Christophe Alix: A Brief History of the Publicly-funded Director in France.- How Shakespeare Shaped Directing.- PART V: DIRECTORS AS AUTHORS.- Authoring Authority.- James Reynolds: Robert Lepage and Authorial Process.- PART VI: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL GRANDAGE.- PART VII: THE ART OF ORGANISATION.- References.- Index.- Bibliography.


A solid, eminently useful text that will awaken curiosity, orient future study, and provoke classroom discussion.' - James Peck, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, USA
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