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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...

Afterword: “I Had Hoped To Give Them Pleasure”

Amy Muse

Amy Muse is associate professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...I’ve thought many times during the process of writing this book that it is arriving prematurely. Ruhl is essentially mid-career, with surely many more years and likely many theatrical revelations ahead of her. How can we know what will be,...

Introduction: “Judge Judy did not prepare me for this”

Sarah Kozinn

Dr Sarah Kozinn is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theater at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a scholar of law and performance, develops new works for film, TV and the web, and acts professionally in film, theater and television. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Justice Performed : Courtroom TV Shows and the Theaters of Popular Law

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...In 1998, the United States Supreme Court heard the case the National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley. The case centered on four performance artists: Holly Hughes, Karen Finley, Tim Miller and John Fleck who were nicknamed the “NEA Four...

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...I'm squatting on the flat roof of our former petrol station turned theatre on route 66 in Hollywood, California, dangling a string down the open hatch into the studio. I want to make sure that when the time comes I can drop the necessary...

Memory and Dance: ‘Bodies of Knowledge’ in Contemporary Dance

Performing the Remembered Present : The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The author’s research described here has been supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Linkage Project and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant schemes: DP0986394, LE0668448, LP0562687, LP130100670...

Introducing ‘Expanded’ Scenography

Joslin McKinney

Joslin McKinney is Associate Professor in Scenography, Deputy Head of School and Programme Manager for the postgraduate course in Performance Design in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Scott Palmer

Scott Palmer is Associate Professor in Scenography at the University of Leeds, UK and co-convenor of the International Federation of Theatre Research Scenography Working Group. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Scenography Expanded : An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Scenography has long been associated with the design of settings for the performance of dramatic works on stage. However, the capacity for scenography to operate independently from a theatre text, as ‘visual dramaturgy’ (Lehmann 2006: 157...

The ‘Mirror Mechanism’ and Motor Behaviour

Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...As human beings, we are constantly in relationships with other individuals. Our survival depends on our ability to understand their behaviour. What makes social relationships different from our perception of the inanimate world...

Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR)

Bill Britten

Bill Britten is a senior lecturer in Screen Acting and Directing at the Drama Centre, London. He regularly runs classes for professional actors at the Actors Centre and coaches performers from other disciplines wanting to move into acting. He also works extensively internationally as a business communications coach. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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From Stage to Screen : A Theatre Actor's Guide to Working on Camera

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...You may be called upon to re-record lines of dialogue in a recording studio weeks or months after the shoot has finished. Recreating your emotional state is key to doing this well. ADR A regular feature of post-production is the need...