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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice

ISBN 9780230577794
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Through a collection of original essays and case studies, this book introduces ideas and raises questions about building dynamic, theoretically-minded production work. Artists and scholars grapple with the shifting value and function of theory in theatre, exploring the multi-faceted and complex relationship between theory and theatre practice.

MEGAN ALTRUZis Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA,where she teaches in the Drama and Theatre for Youth MFA program. As a theatre scholar, as well as a community-based teaching artist, her work focuses on Applied Theatre and Digital Media with/for young people, drama-based pedagogy, and the development of new work.

JULIA LISTENGARTENis Julia Listengarten is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include avant-garde theory and performance, translation theory, and nationalism. Her translation of Christmas at the Ivanovs' premiered Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and was included in Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950. She is the author of Russian Tragifarce: Its Cultural and Political Roots and co-editor of Theater of the Avant-Garde: 1950-2000. She has contributed to various books and theatre periodicals including Theatre Research International, Slavic and Eastern European Performance, and Scenography International.

M. VAN DUYN(Vandy)WOOD is a visual artist and theatrical designer from Central New York, USA. She is currently an Associate Professor of Design and the Coordinator of the MFA Design program for the University of Central Florida's Conservatory Theatre, USA.Vandy has been designing professionally for theatre and video since 1986 and specializes in the development of new works.
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Introduction
PART I: CONTEXTUALIZING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Introduction to Part I
The Function of Theory at the Present Time?; M.Fortier
Approaching Theory: Scholar and Practitioner; M.Van de Water
'There is a World Elsewhere': The Endgame of Theory and Practice; M.Kobialka
PART II: INTERROGATING THEORY IN THEATRE PRACTICE: PRODUCTIVE TENSIONS, QUESTIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
Introduction to Part II 
Immediate Bodies: Media Theory and Theatre; S.Bay-Cheng
Authenticity in Children's Theatre and Art; S.Etheridge Woodson
Theatrical Nationalism and Subversive Affirmation; S.Wilmer
Sensual Engagements: Understanding Theories of the Senses and their Potential Applications within Theatre Practice; S.DiBenedetto
Active Dramaturgy: Using Research to Inspire Creative Thought; L.Inez Brown
Intuition in Practice: Emotion and Feeling in the Artistic Process; H.Feiner
Resisting Binaries: Theory and Acting; J.Lutterbie
Moving Spectators Toward Progressive Politics by Combining Brechtian Theory with Cognitive Science; B.McConachie
PART III: CASE STUDIES: ACTIVATING THEORY WITHIN AND THROUGH THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
Introduction to Part III
Theatre is Theory: A Case Study of Ghosting; H.Blau
Cyrano's Intercultural Voyages in India; D.McManus
(Re)presenting Silenced Voices: Negotiating Multiple Landscapes Through Body, Voice and Architecture; J.Listengarten & C.Niess
Voice and the Venus: Opening up Voice and Speech with Post-Colonial Theories; L.Dougherty
Theoretical Terrain and Performance Practice: An Actor's Journey into the Uncharted Territory of Landscape Theatre; B.Hanemann
Under the Influence; A.Mello
Modulating Theory: Breaking New Ground in Musical Theatre Study; J.Bell
Tongues of Stone: making Space Speak...Again and Again; C.Brown & D.Hannah
Seven Instructions: A Dialogue; M.Rohd & S.Scrofano
Index

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