1st Edition

Production Collaboration in the Theatre Guiding Principles

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Production Collaboration in the Theatre reveals the ingredients of proven successful collaborations in academic and professional theatre training, where respect, trust, and inclusivity are encouraged and roles are defined with a clear and unified vision.

    Garnering research from conversations with over 100 theatre professionals on Broadway and in regional and educational theatre, the authors provide multiple approaches to working together that are designed to help students and teachers of theatre discover and develop the collaborative tools that work best for them. Each chapter offers practical application with discussion prompts from real-life scenarios to practice and develop the critical problem-solving skills necessary for theatre artists to navigate common collaboration challenges. Compelling topical case studies and insightful interviews invite readers to explore the principles of collaboration and inspire them to build joyful, equitable, and collaborative relationships in academic and professional settings.

    Production Collaboration for the Theatre offers theatre faculty and students a practical approach to developing the interpersonal skills necessary for a lifetime career in collaboration in the theatre. An ideal resource for actors, directors, designers, and production teams, this book provides theatre artists in training with an opportunity to develop their collaborative style in a way that will guide and support the longevity of a successful career.

    1. Challenges and Guiding Principles  2. Defining Roles  3. Putting the Guidelines into Practice on a Production Timeline  4. Case Studies: Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark and Ragtime  5. Boundaries: Theatre Intimacy Education and Safe Working Environments  6. Culture and Collaboration  7. Including Students in the Collaborative Process  8. Past, Present and Future of the Theatre


    Rufus Bonds Jr. (AEA, SDC) is the resident director of The Lion King on Broadway and an an assistant professor for musical theatre performance in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a director, actor, and writer. Productions include: London – Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; baritone-soloist for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music, Carnegie Hall; Broadway – Rent, Once on This Island , and Parade (Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor); national tours – The Color Purple as Mister, The Lion King as Mufasa, and Miss Saigon as John. Directing projects range from Lysistrata to Into the Woods. Rufus is a Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High .

     "Have Faith"

    Maria Cominis (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, DG, NAAT), is an actor, playwright, author, and professor of acting at California State University Fullerton Department of Theatre and Dance. She is also a master teacher of the Uta Hagen and Michael Chekhov techniques. Her television credits include Desperate Housewives, New Girl, All My Children, and One Life to Live, and her theatre credits include Bernarda Alba, Diviners, Ivanov, and Knives are Silent. For more information, visit www.mariacominis.com.

    Mark Ramont is an associate artist at Ford’s Theatre. He worked professionally as a director and theatre administrator for over 25 years before becoming head of directing at California State University, Fullerton. He was associate artistic director at New York City’s Circle Rep, where he worked with professionals such as Anne Bogart, Paula Vogel, and Joe Mantello. He is the recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation – USA Statuette Award.