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Activated Script Analysis
An Integrative Approach to Play Analysis through Creative Expression and Devised Theatre

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ISBN 9781032125398
May 2, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Activated Script Analysis engages theatre students in traditional formative script analysis through a fusion of devised theatre and various modes of creative expression, dispelling the notion of script analysis as an isolated pen-to-paper task and reimagining it as a captivating and collaborative process.

This book uses diverse, contemporary plays to model the script analysis process for each of four Theatrical Elements: Given Circumstances; Character; Setting; and Structure. By considering each of these elements, readers can uncover patterns and themes within a dramatic text. Woven throughout the study of each Theatrical Element are "Connections": Personal Connections, which encourage a reader to explore a theatrical element within their own lives, as though their lives were a script; Play Connections, which make concrete abstract ideas presented in script analysis through theatre-based play; Professional Connections, which examine how a theatre professional might analyze a script for a theatrical element within their own work; and Performative Connections, which provide the opportunity for students to explore a theatrical element through performance using devised theatre strategies. At the end of each chapter, readers are given the opportunity to analyze a text through the lens of a Theatrical Element, and to express their findings through a variety of digital, written, visual, and performance-based modes of expression.

Activated Script Analysis is designed for undergraduate theatre students and educators, to be used as the primary text in Script Analysis coursework, or as a supplemental text in Acting or Directing courses.

The book includes access to downloadable templates and example videos, available at

Table of Contents

1. Defining Script Analysis  2. Given Circumstances  3.Character  4.Setting  5. Structure  6.Conclusion

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Elizabeth Brendel Horn (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of Theatre at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches courses in Script Analysis and Theatre for Young Audiences. She is a director, applied theatre artist, and playwright.