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Production Collaboration in the Theatre
Guiding Principles

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ISBN 9780367409753
December 28, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

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 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 interpersonal skills necessary for a lifetime career in collaborating 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 that will guide and support the longevity of a successful career.

Table of Contents

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

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Rufus Bonds Jr. (AEA, SDC) is an Assistant Professor for musical theater performance in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Recognized nationally and internationally as a director, actor, and writer. London: Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater. Carnegie Hall: Baritone-Soloist for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music. Broadway; Rent, Once on This Island, and Parade (Drama Desk Nomination: Best Supporting Actor). National tours: The Color Purple as Mister, Lion King as Mufasa, Miss Saigon as John. Directing projects range from Lysistrata, to Into The Woods, Mr. Bonds is a Eugene O’Neill Semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High.

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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

Mark Ramont (Associate Artist Ford’s Theatre) 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 NYC’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’s Statuette Award.