New Theatre and Performance Titles

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New and bestselling for Spring 2018!

  • Scenic Automation Handbook

    By Gareth Conner

    Scenic automation has earned a reputation of being complicated and cantankerous, a craft best left to the elite of our industry. Not sure of the difference between a VFD, PLC, or PID? If you have dreamed of choreographing scene changes with computerized machinery, but get lost in the technical…

    Paperback – 2018-04-19
    Routledge

  • Digital Media, Projection Design, and Technology for Theatre

    By Alex Oliszewski, Daniel Fine, Daniel Roth

    Digital Media, Projection Design, and Technology for Theatre covers the foundational skills, best practices, and real-world considerations of integrating digital media and projections into theatre. The authors, professional designers and university professors of digital media in live…

    Paperback – 2018-04-02
    Routledge

  • The Fake Food Cookbook

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

    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

  • Turn That Thing Off!

    Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training

    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

  • Answers from "The Working Actor"

    Two Backstage Columnists Share Ten Years of Advice

    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

  • Character Sketch

    A Drawing Course for Costume Designers

    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

    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

  • Music as a Chariot

    The Evolutionary Origins of Theatre in Time, Sound, and Music

    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

    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

  • The Director's Toolkit

    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

  • Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment

    Essential Tools for Video Presentation

    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

2017 Bestsellers

  • Beijing Opera Costumes

    The Visual Communication of Character and Culture

    By Alexandra B Bonds

    Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture illuminates the links between theatrical attire and social customs and aesthetics of China, covering both the theory and practice of stage dress. Distinguishing attributes include an introduction to the performance style, the…

    Paperback – 2018-11-02 
    Routledge

  • Making Video Dance

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dance for the Screen (2nd ed), 2nd Edition

    By Katrina McPherson

    Making Video Dance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dance for the Screen is the first workbook to follow the entire process of video dance production: from having an idea, through to choreographing for the screen, filming and editing, and distribution. In doing so, it explores and analyses the…

    Paperback – 2018-09-17 
    Routledge

  • The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit

    Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

    By Rebecca Pride

    The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit explores the responsibilities of a Costume Supervisor within a theatrical, opera or dance production company. Rebecca Pride provides an insight into all manner of processes, beginning with a definition of the role, and offers explanations of the timeline from the…

    Paperback – 2018-07-30 
    Routledge

  • The Creative Critic

    Writing as/about Practice

    Edited by Katja Hilevaara, Emily Orley

    As practitioner-researchers, how do we discuss and analyse our work without losing the creative drive that inspired us in the first place? Built around a diverse selection of writings from leading researcher-practitioners and emerging artists in a variety of fields, The Creative Critic:…

    Paperback – 2018-04-20
    Routledge

  • The Fake Food Cookbook

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

    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

  • The Properties Director's Toolkit

    Managing a Prop Shop for Theatre, 2nd Edition

    By Sandra Strawn, Lisa Schlenker

    Paperback – 2018-03-26
    Routledge
    The Focal Press Toolkit Series

  • Turn That Thing Off!

    Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training

    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

    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

    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

  • Character Sketch

    A Drawing Course for Costume Designers

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Ariane Mnouchkine

    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

    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

  • The Director's Toolkit

    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

  • Media Design and Technology for Live Entertainment

    Essential Tools for Video Presentation

    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

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