Theatre and Performance Textbooks New and Key Titles 2018

Welcome to the Routledge Theatre and Performance Textbook Collection.

Within the pages of this online catalogue you will find our forthcoming, new and key Theatre & Performance textbooks.

Instructors - All the books in this catalog are available to order as either complimentary exam copies or eInspection copies. If you are teaching and would like to receive a copy of a book to consider adopting it for your course, simply click on the book title for more information.

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  • Performed Ethnography and Communication

    Improvisation and Embodied Experience

    By D Soyini Madison

    Performed Ethnography and Communication explores the relationships between these three key terms, addressing the impact of ethnography and communication on the cutting edge of performance studies. Ranging from digital performance, improvisation and the body, to fieldwork and staged collaboration,…

    Paperback – 2018-04-06 

  • Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed

    A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare

    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 – 2018-03-23 
    Focal Press

  • 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
    Focal Press

  • 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
    Focal Press
    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
    Focal Press

  • 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

  • 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
    Focal Press

  • 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
    Focal Press