2005: I read a lot of textbooks and sometimes even I review them; some are posted. Since I link the books to Amazon, many recommendations are on them pages.
... Finally, I got to the books directories! You see the new popup mini-banner (navigation) -- with pix and links to my most recent projects. Also, in the right table are direct links to Amazon to the textbooks I use for my classes. You can subscribe to my online eClasses-Forum-List, buy the required textbook -- and follow the class. See Forums page, or go to classes directory to see what I teach.
Move it in two different directions: webBooks -- interactive. No new texts.
Experimental Theatre: From Stanislavsky to Peter Brook
James Roose-Evans, one of Britain's most experienced and innovative directors, and founder of the Hampstead Theatre (which celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1984), surveys the history of the avant-garde in the theatre. He traces its origins through such key figures as Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Craig, Appia, Copeau, Piscator, Brecht, Grotowski and up to the most recent experiments of Peter Brook's Mahabharata . This is a second, enlarged edition of a highly successful and widely-used book. As James Roose-Evans himself writes: 'I am convinced that if one is a practitioner of theatre it is an essential part of one's task to see and know what is going on in all of the arts. We have much to learn from one another as well as from the lessons of history.'
In Contact With the Gods?: Directors Talk Theatre In 1994 the Arts Council of Great Britain brought together a number of theatre directors as part of the City of Drama celebrations. This is a collection of interviews and discussions with directors who have helped shape the development of theatre in the last 20 years. They include Peter Brook, Peter Stein, Augusto Boal, Jorge Lavelli, Lluis Pasqual, Lev Dodin, Maria Irene Fornes, Jonathan Miller, Jatinder Verma, Peter Sellars, Declan Donnellan, Ariane Mnouchkine, Ion Caramitru, Yukio Ninagawa.
Illustrated Theatre Production Guide
Illustrated Theatre Production Guide contains a brief history of physical theatres and the development of various forms such as thrust, proscenium, and black box venues. Operation of theatre equipment is covered in detail in the chapters on rigging and curtains. Instructions for operating a fly system and basic stagehand skills such as knot tying and drapery folding, are clearly outlined. The use of metal tubing as a structural element is explored as an alternative to wooden scenery. The chapter on lighting discusses electrical theory as well as the practical aspects of hanging and focusing lights. The final chapter in Illustrated Theatre Production Guide is a compilation of many different projects that are easy to approach and to complete, and have practical value for a theatre group.
Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre
In Through the Body, Dymphna Callery introduces the reader to the principles behind the work of key practitioners of 20th-century theater including Artaud, Grotowski, Brook and Lecoq. She offers exercises that turn their theories into practice and explore their principles in action.
Games for Actors and Non--Actors
by Augusto Boal, Adrian Jackson
Games for Actors and Non-Actors is a valuable handbook of methods, techniques, games, and exercises, and is a genuinely inspiring work by the world-famous author of Theatre of the Oppressed. It is designed to help anyone - whether actor on non-actor - rehearse for real life: make the fictional real.
Avant Garde Theatre: 1892-1992
Examining the development of avant garde theatre from its inception in the 1980s to the present day, Christopher Innes discusses primitivism, the motivating force in modern theatre and theatrical experimentation. What links the work of Strindberg, Artaud, Brook and Mnouchkine is an idealization of the elemental and a desire to locate ritual in archaic traditions. This widespread primitivism, Innes argues, is the key to understanding both the political and aesthetic aspects of modern theatre and provides fresh insights into contemporary social trends.
First published in 1981 as Holy Theatre, this new edition takes into account the most recent theoretical developments in anthropology, critical and intercultural theory, and psychotherapy. With new sections on the work of Heiner Muller, Robert Wilson, Eugenio Barba, Ariane Mnouchkine and Sam Shepard, the book now includes the foremost practitioners in avant garde theatre.
Theatricality (Theatre and Performance Theory) Specially-commissioned essays explore the element of performance theory known as "theatricality" in six case studies that use specific circumstances to illustrate how the concept of "theatricality" developed. Topics covered include early use of the term; employment of theatricality by other disciplines to describe events; non-Western interpretation of theatricality; and its role in analyzing political and cultural events and philosophies. The book provides an introductory guide for those discovering the complex yet rewarding world of performance theory.
The Tricks of the Trade (Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback))
When Dario Fo won the 1997 Nobel Prize for literature, establishments everywhere erupted in anger. Here was an anticlerical, obscene, communist clown receiving the world's top literary accolade. As this collection of his essays and lectures shows, Fo has such a unique vision that his mission as clown/playwright requires him to be all those other things. What's interesting about The Tricks of the Trade is not his politics, but the incredible amount of research he's done on 2,000 years' worth of jesters, minstrels, and political clowns, whom he believes have changed the course of history.