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Life as a Playwright: A Survival Guide

Jon Klein

Jon Klein is the head of the MFA Playwriting Program at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and author of over 30 produced plays, performed Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres. He has also written several adaptations and his stage version of Stendhal’s classic novel The Red and the Black was produced at ACT Theatre, Seattle. He adapted T Bone N Weasel for a Turner Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd and for which received both the HBO Playwrights USA award and the Midwest Author’s award. His other plays include Losing It, Chance and Necessity and Dimly Perceived Threats to the System. He has been a Playwright-in-Residence at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, and the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta and he has taught playwriting and screenwriting at UCLA, the University of Texas, the University of Washington, Ohio University, and Hollins University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Methuen Drama, 2018

Short Guides and Biography

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...Addressing the questions central to any playwright's career and identity, Jon Klein offers you a glimpse into a career writing for the theatre. As well as an account of the day-to-day life of a writer, he also discusses what an aspiring...

The Stage Manager as Manager

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...Manager! There is a word that strikes fear into the heart of stage managers everywhere, yet it forms 50% of the job title. Of course that is exactly what stage managers are – managers: managers of people, managers of places, managers...

Contemporary Practice

Peter Maccoy

Peter Maccoy has been a professional theatre practitioner for over 25 years. He has worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies including The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, The National Theatre, the Chichester Festival, the Peter Hall Company, the Almeida and MuLan Theatre Company. He has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama since 1993. His Essentials of Stage Management was published by Methuen Drama in 2004. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essentials of Stage Management

A & C Black Ltd, 2004

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...The core job of the stage manager has not changed radically over the last 60 or so years. The stage manager today must still be a motivated, well-organised and creative individual, able to communicate effectively with everyone involved...

Introduction: Return, Rewrite, Repeat: The Theatricality of Adaptation

Margherita Laera

Margherita Laera is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She specialises in contemporary European theatre, translation and transnational performance, and is also a professional arts journalist and theatre translator. Her publications include Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Theatre returns, it always does. It returns to places where it has already been before and to times in which it has already appeared. And while it does so, it sends us too, the spectators, to those places and times, performance after...

SNAPSHOT #1

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a theatre theatre director and playwright. He is the Director of Fluxx, the improvisation company, and Co-Director of Rideout and Livestock. He is the author of House of Games, The Improvisation Game and For Those Who Like To Say No. He has taught at a range of colleges and institutions including University of Warwick and Staffordshire University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The idea of ensemble stands as a necessary corrective to prevailing notions of the desirability of personal advancement through individual achievement. There's a battle always between these two pole stars for influence within the theatre...

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...I am standing in a fixed stance, my right knee is bent so that most of my weight is on my right foot, the inside of the ball of my left foot is the point of its contact with the floor, my left knee is bent as if broken at the joint...

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Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a theatre theatre director and playwright. He is the Director of Fluxx, the improvisation company, and Co-Director of Rideout and Livestock. He is the author of House of Games, The Improvisation Game and For Those Who Like To Say No. He has taught at a range of colleges and institutions including University of Warwick and Staffordshire University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...Narrative Images calls on a drama technique that smacks of educational theatre from the 1960s and 1970s but here is re-engineered for a different purpose. The technique is ‘sculpting’; where one actor takes another and moulds him or her...

‘Self-With-Others’: A psychophysical approach to training the individual in ensemble

John Britton

John Britton is Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international performance group dedicated to ensemble-based, interdisciplinary new work. Between 2004 and 2011 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where for a number of years he ran an innovative practice-based MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre. He still retains a research affiliation to the University of Huddersfield and is one of the only academic-pracitioners in the UK with a specific research focus and practice in the training and directing of ensemble theatre. Britton has a continuing international practice as a trainer and director of ensembles. Recent workshops have taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, China, Portugal, Australia as well as the UK. Britton has extensive experience as a director, performer and writer of physical, interdisciplinary and text-based work. In 2013 he will teach, perform and direct in India for two months, as well as continuing to run DUENDE's programme of workshops and intensive, rural, residential training events. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...We start, standing in a circle.We make the circle as precise in shape as we can; evenly spaced, no one hanging back or pushing forward. We stand calmly, with body relaxed; listening, looking. We meet each other's eyes. Perhaps we smile...

Articism (Art + Criticism) and the Live Birds of Passionate Response

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I Criticism is a form of agon. It deals with the interpretative dissent of the performance observers, as well as with the social dissent built into the performance by its makers. In my case, it is also a durational...

Example classes (DVD: Exercise 34)

Jackie Snow

Jackie Snow is Senior Lecturer in Acting, at Manchester School of Heart. Previously the Head of Movement at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she trained at the London College of Dance and Drama (Dance) Guildhall School of Music and Drama (movement for Actors) where she went on to train actors for 20 years before coming to RADA. Other teaching includes BADA, LAMDA, Rose Bruford and Regents University (Virginia, USA). She has worked extensively in the theatre having been Master of Movement at the Globe Theatre for three years. She also teaches for the British American Drama Academy summer school and works with actors as a movement consultant on feature films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movement Training for Actors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012

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...The following classes are about one and a half hours long. Class 1 This class can be done early on in the training, or revisited at different times during training. There is often a need to revisit the early work...