Theatre and Performance New and Key Titles 2017

Our latest books, covering a wide range of key areas within Theatre & Performance Studies for students,  instructors, researchers, and professors.

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We are pleased to present our latest books, covering a wide range of key areas within Theatre & Performance Studies for practitioners, students, instructors, researchers, and professors.

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  • The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook

    3rd Edition

    By Brad Schiller

    This guide helps lighting designers with the creative and operational challenges they face in their rapidly evolving industry. Providing respected and clear coverage of the process of programming automated lighting fixtures, the author brings the designer from basic principles to preproduction…

    Paperback – 2016-10-03
    Focal Press

  • An Actor's Work

    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
    Routledge
    Routledge Classics

  • Concert Lighting

    The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting, 4th Edition

    By James Moody, Paul Dexter

    Concert Lighting: Tools, Techniques, Art, and Business Fourth Edition provides readers with an updated look at how to succeed in the complex world of concert lighting design and technology. The authors have reorganized the book into three comprehensive and thoroughly revised sections, covering…

    Paperback – 2016-09-19
    Focal Press

  • Unbuttoned

    The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design

    By Shura Pollatsek

    Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design documents the creative journey of costume creation from concept to performance. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating…

    Paperback – 2016-09-01
    Focal Press

  • Performance and Professional Wrestling

    Edited by Broderick Chow, Eero Laine, Claire Warden

    Performance and Professional Wrestling is the first edited volume to consider professional wrestling explicitly from the vantage point of theatre and performance studies. Moving beyond simply noting its performative qualities or reading it via other performance genres, this…

    Paperback – 2016-08-23
    Routledge

  • Monologues for Actors of Color

    Men, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Roberta Uno

    Actors of colour need the best speeches to demonstrate their skills and hone their craft. Roberta Uno has carefully selected monologues that represent African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian-American identities. Each monologue comes with an introduction and notes on the characters and…

    Paperback – 2016-05-24
    Routledge

  • The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier

    By Peter M Boenisch, Thomas Ostermeier

    Thomas Ostermeier is the most internationally recognised German theatre director of the present. With this book, he presents his directorial method for the first time. The Theatre of Thomas Ostermeier provides a toolkit for understanding and enacting the strategies of his advanced contemporary…

    Paperback – 2016-05-09
    Routledge

  • A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage

    Edited by Jocelyn L. Buckner

    A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage places this renowned, award-winning playwright's contribution to American theatre in scholarly context. The volume covers Nottage's plays, productions, activism, and artistic collaborations to display the extraordinary breadth and depth of her work.   The…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Anthology of US Drama: 1898-1949

    Edited by Joshua Polster

    The first half of the Twentieth Century was a vibrant period for U.S. theatre. As the United States emerged as a significant military, economic, political and cultural power, so its theatre began to distinguish itself from the prevailing European model. The plays and dramatic texts in&…

    Paperback – 2016-03-17
    Routledge

  • Electoral Guerrilla Theatre

    Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, 2nd Edition

    By L.M. Bogad

    Praise for the First Edition: 'A major contribution to performance studies. If cynicism and political quietism have quelled your impulse to rage against this sorry state of affairs, Bogad demonstrates, with wit and verve, that it is possible to expose the sham and, through a variety of performative…

    Paperback – 2016-03-17
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Circus Studies Reader

    Edited by Peta Tait, Katie Lavers

    The Routledge Circus Studies Reader offers an absorbing critical introduction to this diverse and emerging field. It brings together the work of over 30 scholars in this discipline, including Janet Davis, Helen Stoddart and Peta Tait, to highlight and address the field’s key historical, critical…

    Paperback – 2016-03-14
    Routledge

  • Theatrical Unrest

    Ten Riots in the History of the Stage, 1601-2004

    By Sean McEvoy

    Shortlisted for the 2017 Theatre Book Prize What is it about theatre, compared to other kinds of cultural representation, which provokes such a powerful reaction? Theatrical Unrest tells the compelling tales of ten riots whose cause lies on stage. It looks at the intensity and evanescence of…

    Paperback – 2016-02-25
    Routledge

  • Tactical Performance

    The Theory and Practice of Serious Play

    By L.M. Bogad

    'Lucid, sharp, funny, Bogad's Tactical Performance is the book we've been waiting for on creative activism.' Diana Taylor, Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, and author of Performance 'Tactical Performance rehearses theatre and social justice…

    Paperback – 2016-02-25
    Routledge

  • Theatre Histories

    An Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Bruce McConachie, Tobin Nellhaus, Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, Tamara Underiner

    Edited by Tobin Nellhaus

    This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers a critical overview of global theatre and drama, spanning a broad wealth of world cultures and periods. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diverse range of…

    Paperback – 2016-02-23
    Routledge

  • Technical Management for the Performing Arts

    Utilizing Time, Talent, and Money

    By Mark Shanda, Dennis Dorn

    Technical Management for the Performing Arts: Utilizing Time, Talent, and Money is a comprehensive guide to the tools and strategies of a successful technical manager. This book demonstrates how you can coordinate personnel, raw materials, and venues, all while keeping a production on a tight…

    Paperback – 2015-12-15
    Focal Press

  • Sound and Music for the Theatre

    The Art & Technique of Design, 4th Edition

    By Deena Kaye, James LeBrecht

    Covering every phase of a theatrical production, this fourth edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the process of sound design from initial concept through implementation in actual performances. The book discusses the early evolution of sound design and how it supports the play, from…

    Paperback – 2015-10-05
    Focal Press

Contact our editors:

  • Stacey Walker, Senior Editor

    Stacey Walker commissions books on acting, actor training, directing, scenography and design, stagecraft, costuming, theatrical production, media design, and arts management. After a decade in the publishing industry, she has experience publishing academic textbooks, practical handbooks, research monographs, trade, and ebooks. She can be found on LinkedIn.

  • Ben Piggott, Associate Editor (UK)

    Ben Piggott publishes a full range of titles across Theatre, Performance, and Dance studies, including scholarly monographs, edited collections, Companions, and course texts. He is currently commissioning in voice studies, theatre history, and dance history, as well as being on the lookout for original, cutting-edge work across the research spectrum. Ben also publishes dedicated textbooks for students, especially in the core areas of BA study.