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  • The Fake Food Cookbook

    Props You Can't Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV, 1st Edition

    By Tamara Honesty, Karestin Harrison

    The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV contains step by step instructions on how to create the most realistic prop food for a theatrical production. From appetizers such as oysters on a half shell and chicken wings, entrees such as lobster and honey-glazed ham, to…

    Paperback – 2018-03-28
    Routledge

  • Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

    1st Edition

    By Stephannie Gearhart

    Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England examines the intersection between art and culture and explains how ideas about age circulated in early modern England. Stephannie Gearhart illustrates how a variety of texts – including drama by Shakespeare, Jonson, and…

    Hardback – 2018-03-23
    Routledge
    Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

  • Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed

    A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare, 1st Edition

    By Bill Kincaid

      Shakespeare’s plays can be performed effectively without rehearsal, if all the actors understand a set of performance guidelines and put them into practice. In Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare, each chapter is devoted to a…

    Paperback – 2018-03-22
    Routledge

  • Turn That Thing Off!

    Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training, 1st Edition

    By Rose Burnett Bonczek, Roger Manix, David Storck

    As personal technology becomes ever-present in the classroom and rehearsal studio, its use and ubiquity is affecting the collaborative behaviors that should underpin actor training. How is the collaborative impulse being distracted and what kind of solutions can re-establish its connections? The…

    Paperback – 2018-03-20
    Routledge

  • Sondheim and Wheeler's Sweeney Todd

    1st Edition

    By Aaron C. Thomas

    Sweeney Todd, the gruesome tale of a murderous barber and his pastry chef accomplice, is unquestionably strange subject matter for the musical theatre – but eight Tony awards and enormous successes on Broadway and the West End testify to its enduring popularity with audiences. Written by Hugh…

    Paperback – 2018-03-20
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Answers from The Working Actor

    Two Backstage Columnists Share Ten Years of Advice, 1st Edition

    By Jackie Apodaca, Michael Kostroff

    For nearly a decade, Jackie Apodaca and Michael Kostroff shared duties as advice columnists for the actors’ trade paper, Backstage. Their highly popular weekly feature, "The Working Actor," fielded questions from actors all over the country. A cross between "Dear Abby" and The Hollywood Reporter,…

    Paperback – 2018-03-19
    Routledge

  • Presence & Pre-Expressivity 2

    1st Edition

    By Yarrow

    First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor and Francis, an informa company.…

    Hardback – 2018-03-15
    Routledge

  • Character Sketch

    A Drawing Course for Costume Designers, 1st Edition

    By Helen Q Huang

    Character Sketch outlines a theory of costume rendering that explores how a designer conceptualizes and creates a character on the page. Beginning with how to develop a sense of character through active, gestural poses, this book explores and explains the process of drawing and painting from rough…

    Paperback – 2018-03-05
    Routledge

  • The Prop Effects Guidebook

    Lights, Motion, Sound, and Magic, 1st Edition

    By Eric Hart

    In The Prop Building Guidebook, author Eric Hart demonstrated how to cut, glue, sculpt, and bend raw materials to build props. Now in The Prop Effects Guidebook, he shows us how to connect and assemble components and parts to make those props light up, explode, make noise, and bleed. It delves into…

    Hardback – 2018-02-22
    Routledge

  • Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis

    1st Edition

    By Glenn D'Cruz

    "Everything passes/Everything perishes/Everything palls" – 4.48 Psychosis How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note? The question comes from a review of 4.48 Psychosis’ inaugural production, the year after Sarah Kane took her own life, but this book explores the…

    Paperback – 2018-02-20
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Music as a Chariot

    The Evolutionary Origins of Theatre in Time, Sound, and Music, 1st Edition

    By Richard K. Thomas

    Music as a Chariot offers a multidisciplinary perspective whose primary proposition is that theatre is a type of music. Understanding how music enables the theatre experience helps to shape our entire approach to the performing arts. Beginning with a discussion on the origin and nature of time,…

    Paperback – 2018-02-20
    Routledge

  • Theatre & Stage Photography

    A Guide to Capturing Images of Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Other Performance Events, 1st Edition

    By William Kenyon

    Documenting theatrical and stage events under the often dramatic lighting designed for the production provides a number of specific photographic challenges, and is unlike most every other branch of photography. Theatre & Stage Photography provides an overview of basic photography as it applies…

    Paperback – 2018-02-15
    Routledge

  • Benjamin Britten and Montagu Slater's Peter Grimes

    1st Edition

    By Sam Kinchin-Smith

     ‘Who can turn skies back and begin again?’ -Peter   This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre’s finest ‘lost’ plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater’s work from the…

    Paperback – 2018-02-14
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Vsevolod Meyerhold

    1st Edition

    By Prof Jonathan Pitches

    Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes: a biographical introduction to Meyerhold’s life a clear explanation of his theoretical writings an analysis of his masterpiece…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Jerzy Grotowski

    1st Edition

    By James Slowiak, Jairo Cuesta

    Master director, teacher, and theorist, Jerzy Grotowski’s work extended well beyond the conventional limits of performance. Now revised and reissued, this book combines: ● an overview of Grotowski’s life and the distinct phases of his work ● an analysis of his key ideas ● a consideration of his…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Performance Art in the Second Public Sphere

    Event-based Art in Late Socialist Europe, 1st Edition

    Edited by Katalin Cseh-Varga, Adam Czirak

    Performance Art in the Second Public Sphere is the first interdisciplinary analysis of performance art in East, Central and Southeast Europe under socialist rule. By investigating the specifics of event-based art forms in these regions, each chapter explores the particular, critical roles that this…

    Hardback – 2018-02-08
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Ivo van Hove Onstage

    1st Edition

    Edited by David Willinger

    Since his emergence from the Flemish avant-garde movement of the 1980s, Ivo van Hove's directorial career has crossed international boundaries, challenging established notions of theatre-making. He has brought radical interpretations of the classics to America and organic acting technique to…

    Paperback – 2018-02-08
    Routledge

  • Ariane Mnouchkine

    1st Edition

    By Judith Miller

    Over the last forty years, French director Ariane Mnouchkine and her theater collective, Le Théâtre du Soleil, have devised a form of research and creation that is both engaged with contemporary history and committed to reinvigorating theater by focusing on the actor. Now revised and reissued, this…

    Paperback – 2018-02-07
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Bertolt Brecht

    1st Edition

    By Meg Mumford

    Bertolt Brecht’s methods of collective experimentation, and his unique framing of the theatrical event as a forum for change, placed him among the most important contributors to the theory and practice of theatre. His work continues to have a significant impact on performance practitioners, critics…

    Paperback – 2018-02-06
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic

    Haptic Allegories, 1st Edition

    By Kathleen Gough

    Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic advances an innovative and compelling approach to writing comparative studies of performance in transnational, intercultural relation to one another. Its chosen subject in this case is the cultural and political intersection of African and…

    Paperback – 2018-02-02
    Routledge

  • Madness, Art, and Society

    Beyond Illness, 1st Edition

    By Anna Harpin

    How is madness experienced, treated, and represented? How might art think around – and beyond – psychiatric definitions of illness and wellbeing? Madness, Art, and Society engages with artistic practices from theatre and live art to graphic fiction, charting a multiplicity of ways of thinking…

    Paperback – 2018-01-24
    Routledge

  • The Director's Toolkit

    1st Edition

    By Robin Schraft

    The Director’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to the role of the theatrical director. Following the chronology of the directing process, the book discusses each stage in precise detail, considering the selection and analysis of the script, the audition process, casting, character development,…

    Paperback – 2018-01-22
    Routledge
    The Focal Press Toolkit Series

  • Character Costume Figure Drawing

    Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers, 3rd Edition

    By Tan Huaixiang

    Character Costume Figure Drawing is an essential guide that will improve your drawing skills and costume renderings. Step-by-step visuals illustrate the how-tos of drawing body parts, costumes, accessories, faces, children, and different character archetypes, such as maternal, elderly, sassy,…

    Paperback – 2018-01-09
    Routledge

  • Holocaust Theater

    Dramatizing Survivor Trauma and its Effects on the Second Generation, 1st Edition

    By Gene A. Plunka

    Facts about the Holocaust are one way of learning about its devastating impact, but presenting personal manifestations of trauma can be more effective than citing statistics. Holocaust Theater addresses a selection of contemporary plays about the Holocaust, examining how collective and individual…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge

  • Jacques Lecoq

    1st Edition

    By Simon Murray

    This volume offers a concise guide to the teaching and philosophy of one of the most significant figures in twentieth century actor training. Jacques Lecoq's influence on the theatre of the latter half of the twentieth century cannot be overestimated. Now reissued Jacques Lecoq is the…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Joan Littlewood

    1st Edition

    By Nadine Holdsworth

    This book uses original archival material to consider the theatrical and cultural innovations of Joan Littlewood and her company, 'Theatre Workshop'. Littlewood had a huge impact on the way theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century. Now…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Jacques Copeau

    1st Edition

    By Mark Evans

    This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions. Noe reissued, Jacques Copeau…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Mary Wigman

    1st Edition

    By Mary Anne Santos Newhall

    This book considers dancer, teacher, and choreographer Mary Wigman, a leading innovator in Expressionist dance whose radical explorations of movement and dance theory are credited with expanding the scope of dance as a theatrical art. Now reissued, this book combines: a full account of…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo

    1st Edition

    By Sondra Fraleigh, Tamah Nakamura

    Now re-issued, this compact book unravels the contribution of one of modern theatre’s most charismatic innovators. Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo combines: • an account of the founding of Japanese butoh through the partnership of Hijikata and Ohno, extending to the larger story of butoh’s…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • New Theatre in Italy

    1963–2013, 1st Edition

    By Valentina Valentini

    New Theatre in Italy 1963-2013 makes the case for the centrality of late-millennium Italian avant-garde theatre in the development of the new forms of performance that have emerged in the 21st Century. Starting in the Sixties, young artists and militants in Italy reacted to the violence in their…

    Hardback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Alistair McDowall's Pomona

    1st Edition

    By David Ian Rabey

    ‘It’s all real. All of it. Everything bad is real’ - Moe Alistair McDowall’s Pomona was first staged in 2014 and won properly startling, and startled, acclaim. Its edgeland setting permits a surrealistic disengagement of linear forms of time, which is both dreamlike and wildly funny; nightmarish…

    Paperback – 2017-12-12
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Performing Interdisciplinarity

    Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries Through an Active Aesthetic, 1st Edition

    Edited by Experience Bryon

    Performing Interdisciplinarity proposes new ways of engaging with performance as it crosses, collides with, integrates and/or disturbs other disciplinary concerns. From Activism and Political Philosophy to Cognitive Science and Forensics, each chapter explores the relationships between performance…

    Paperback – 2017-12-11
    Routledge

  • Contemporary Choreography

    A Critical Reader, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Jo Butterworth, Liesbeth Wildschut

    Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Contemporary Choreography presents a range of articles covering choreographic enquiry, investigation into the creative process, and innovative challenges to traditional understandings of dance making. Contributions from a global range of…

    Paperback – 2017-12-11
    Routledge

  • Nutrition for Dancers

    Basics, Performance Enhancement, Practical Tips, 1st Edition

    By Liane Simmel, Eva-Maria Kraft

    Dancers are top performance athletes on stage – to keep fit andhealthy proper nutrition is an integral part of an optimal dancetraining. Nutrition for Dancers provides the principles of nutritionfor dancers of all genres. Authors Liane Simmel and Eva-Maria Kraft clarify widespread nutritional…

    Paperback – 2017-12-11
    Routledge

  • Performance as Research

    Knowledge, methods, impact, 1st Edition

    Edited by Annette Arlander, Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Ben Spatz

    Performance as Research (PAR) is characterised by an extraordinary elasticity and interdisciplinary drive. Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact celebrates this energy, bringing together chapters from a wide range of disciplines and eight different countries. This volume focuses…

    Paperback – 2017-12-11
    Routledge

  • Staging British South Asian Culture

    Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre, 1st Edition

    By Jerri Daboo

    Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre looks afresh at the popularity of forms and aesthetics from Bollywood films and bhangra music and dance on the British stage. From Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, Jerri Daboo…

    Paperback – 2017-12-01
    Routledge

  • 3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design

    1st Edition

    By Anne E. McMills

    Affordable 3D printers are rapidly becoming everyday additions to the desktops and worktables of entertainment design practitioners – whether working in theatre, theme parks, television and film, museum design, window displays, animatronics, or… you name it! We are beginning to ask important…

    Paperback – 2017-11-29
    Routledge

  • Automated Lighting

    The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights, 3rd Edition

    By Richard Cadena

    Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving and Color-Changing Lights, Third Edition (formerly Automated Lighting: The Art and Science of Moving Light) continues to be the most trusted text for working and aspiring lighting professionals. Now in its third edition, it has been fully…

    Paperback – 2017-11-23
    Routledge

  • The Odin Teatret Archives

    1st Edition

    By Mirella Schino

    The Odin Teatret Archives presents collections from the archives of one of the foremost reference points in global theatre. Letters, notes, work diaries, articles, and a wealth of photographs all chart the daily activity that underpins the life of Odin Teatret, telling the adventurous, complex…

    Paperback – 2017-11-23
    Routledge

  • What is Theatre?

    An Introduction and Exploration, 1st Edition

    By John Brown

    This major introductory textbook is from one of the leading educators working in theatre today. What Is Theatre? will make its reader a better playgoer, responding more fully to performance, with a keener appreciation of all the resources of theatre-acting, design, direction, organization, theatre…

    Hardback – 2017-11-23
    Routledge

  • Moliere Today 2

    1st Edition

    By Michael Spingler

    The refusal on the part of academic critics to recognize the primacy of farce in Moliere's theatre is contradicted by wide spread theatrical pracitce. These essays develop the argument that Moliere needs to be rescued from the pantheon of classical literature and put back on the Pont-Neuf with the…

    Hardback – 2017-11-22
    Routledge

  • Richard Foreman

    An American (Partly) in Paris, 1st Edition

    By Neal Swettenham

    Richard Foreman has been writing, directing and designing avant-garde theatre in New York since he first founded his Ontological-Hysteric company there in 1968. In all that time, few directors have taken up the challenge of staging his problematic, rewarding texts, and Foreman's work remains…

    Paperback – 2017-11-20
    Routledge

  • Documentary Vanguards in Modern Theatre

    1st Edition

    By Timothy Youker

    Practitioners and critics alike often attribute great authenticity to documentary theatre, casting it as a salutary alternative not only to corporate news outlets and official histories but also to the supposed "self-indulgence" and "elitism" of avant-garde theatre. Documentary Vanguards in Modern…

    Hardback – 2017-11-14
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment

    Essential Tools for Video Presentation, 1st Edition

    By Davin Gaddy

    Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment is a guide to understanding the concepts and equipment used in projection and video design for live performances. After an introduction in the principles of design elements as well as information on content, this book focuses on how content is used…

    Paperback – 2017-11-13
    Routledge

  • Creating the Character Costume

    Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers, 1st Edition

    By Cheralyn Lambeth

    Many beginning and hobbyist costumers believe that professional costume/prop builders have unlimited and specialized resources with which to ply their craft. Actually, the pros create things in much the same way that hobbyists do, working as resourcefully and creatively as possible with a limited…

    Hardback – 2017-11-10
    Routledge

  • Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design

    A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting, 1st Edition

    By Eric Appleton

    Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design is a week-by-week guide that helps instructors who are new to teaching design, teaching outside of their fields of expertise, or looking for better ways to integrate and encourage non-designers in the design classroom. This book provides a syllabus to…

    Hardback – 2017-11-10
    Routledge

  • Theatre and Dictatorship in the Luso-Hispanic World

    1st Edition

    Edited by Diego Santos Sánchez

    Theatre and Dictatorship in the Luso-Hispanic World explores the discourses that have linked theatrical performance and prevailing dictatorial regimes across Spain, Portugal and their former colonies. These are divided into three different approaches to theatre itself - as cultural…

    Hardback – 2017-11-09
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Essays on Theatre and Change

    Towards a Poetics Of, 1st Edition

    By Kélina Gotman

    If theatre is a way of seeing, an event onstage but also a fleeting series of moments; not a copy or double but more vitally metamorphosis, transformation, and change, how might we speak to – and of – it? How do we envision and frame a fluid reality that moves faster than we can write? Arranged&…

    Paperback – 2017-11-02
    Routledge

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