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.

Acting

  • The Physical Actor

    Contact Improvisation from Studio to Stage, 2nd Edition

    By Annie Loui

    The Physical Actor is a comprehensive book of exercises for actors. It is carefully designed for the development of a strong and flexible physical body able to move with ease through space and interact instinctively on-stage. Annie Loui draws on her training with Etienne Decroux, Carolyn Carlson,…

    Paperback – 2018-10-17
    Routledge

  • Psychology for Actors

    Theories and Practices for the Acting Process, 1st Edition

    By Kevin Page

    Psychology for Actors is a study of modern psychology, specifically designed for the working actor and actor-in-training, that covers discrete areas of psychological theory that actors can apply to their creative process to form and connect with characters. The book investigates many…

    Paperback – 2018-08-15
    Routledge

  • Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors

    Meditation Techniques for the Performing Artist, 1st Edition

    By Kevin Page

    Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors: Meditation Techniques for the Performing Artist explores theories and techniques for deepening the individual actor’s capacity to concentrate and focus attention. Going well beyond the common exercises found in actor training programs, these…

    Hardback – 2018-05-16
    Routledge

  • 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

  • Voice: Onstage and Off

    3rd Edition

    By Robert Barton, Rocco dal Vera

    Voice: Onstage and Off is a comprehensive guide to the process of building, mastering, and fine-tuning the voice for performance. Every aspect of vocal work is covered, from the initial speech impulse and the creation of sound, right through to refining the final product in different types of…

    Paperback – 2017-05-05
    Routledge

  • Acting for Animators

    4th Edition, 2nd Edition

    By Ed Hooks

    Ed Hooks' essential acting guidebook for animators has been fully revised and updated in this 4th edition. Hooks uses classical acting theory – from Aristotle to Stanislavsky and beyond – to explain everything from character analysis and physical movement to facial expression and scene structure.…

    Paperback – 2017-04-24
    Routledge

  • Craft Notes for Animators

    A Perspective on a 21st Century Career, 1st Edition

    By Ed Hooks

    If Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs represented the Animation industry’s infancy, Ed Hooks thinks that the current production line of big-budget features is its artistically awkward adolescence. While a well-funded marketing machine can conceal structural flaws, uneven performances and…

    Paperback – 2016-12-05
    Routledge

  • An Actor's Work

    1st Edition

    By Konstantin Stanislavski

    Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre. Until now,…

    Paperback – 2016-09-22
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    Routledge Classics

  • How to Read a Play

    Script Analysis for Directors, 1st Edition

    By Damon Kiely

    The work done on a play before the first rehearsal, the first group reading or even the before the cast have met, can be crucial to the success of a production. Directors and dramaturgs must know how to analyze, understand and interpret a play or performance text if they hope to bring it to life on…

    Paperback – 2016-03-11
    Routledge

  • Experiencing Stanislavsky Today

    Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor, 1st Edition

    By Stephanie Daventry French, Philip G. Bennett

    This pioneering introduction to Stanislavsky's methods and modes of actor training covers all of the essential elements of his System. Recreating ‘truthful’ behaviour in the artificial environment, awareness and observation, psychophysical work, given circumstances, visualization and imagination,…

    Paperback – 2016-02-10
    Routledge

  • The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat

    1st Edition

    By Robert Najarian

    The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat is your guide to the principles and techniques of theatrical violence, combining detailed discussions of the mechanics of stage fighting with the nuances of acting decisions to make fighting styles reflect character and story. Expert Fight Director Robert Najarian…

    Paperback – 2015-12-14
    Routledge

  • Physical Theatres

    A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Simon Murray, John Keefe

    This new edition of Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction continues to provide an unparalleled overview of non-text-based theatre, from experimental dance to traditional mime. It synthesizes the history, theory and practice of physical theatres for students and performers in what is both a…

    Paperback – 2015-12-14
    Routledge

  • The Comedy Improv Handbook

    A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance, 1st Edition

    By Matt Fotis, Siobhan O'Hara

    The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and…

    Paperback – 2015-11-05
    Routledge

  • Acting in Musical Theatre

    A Comprehensive Course, 2nd Edition

    By Joe Deer, Rocco Dal Vera, Rocco Dal Vera

    Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second…

    Paperback – 2015-10-28
    Routledge

  • Essential Acting

    A Practical Handbook for Actors, Teachers and Directors, 2nd Edition

    By Brigid Panet

    How do actors fuse thought, emotion and action within their creative process? Essential Acting is an inspired and reliable toolbox for actors and teachers in the classroom, the rehearsal room and the workshop. RADA’s Brigid Panet has distilled nearly 60 years of acting, directing and actor…

    Paperback – 2015-05-20
    Routledge

  • Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

    5th Edition

    By James Thomas

    Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to gauge how the play should be performed and designed. Treatments of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples…

    Paperback – 2013-09-11
    Routledge

  • Actor Training

    2nd Edition

    By Alison Hodge

    Actor Training expands on Alison Hodge’s highly-acclaimed and best-selling Twentieth Century Actor Training. This exciting second edition radically updates the original book making it even more valuable for any student of the history and practice of actor training. The bibliography is brought right…

    Paperback – 2010-01-25
    Routledge

  • Style For Actors

    A Handbook for Moving Beyond Realism, 1st Edition

    By Robert Barton

    "Style is a journey from tourist to native. It is living in the world of the play, not just visiting it." - from Chapter One Anyone who has ever struggled with capes, fans, swords, doublets and crinolines should make Style for Actors 2nd Edition their constant companion. Robert Barton has…

    Paperback – 2009-09-04
    Routledge