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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...

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...
...Introduction: Reality television’s ‘performative contracts’ The impact that reality television has had on television production and consumption, both in the UK and internationally...

‘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...

‘The organic and the technical’: A psychophysical approach to television acting

Tom Cantrell

Dr Tom Cantrell is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York, UK. He has published on modern British drama on stage and screen, documentary theatre and acting processes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Exploring Television Acting

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018

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...Introduction Jason Watkins is a familiar face on British television and has been particularly associated with his comic roles...

Standing back from the process – evaluations

Jacqueline Smith-Autard

Jacqueline Smith-Autard is acknowledged as a world-leading exponent in dance education. She has taught dance in schools and universities and was Chief Examiner for the dance GCSE for 10 years. She was a founder member of the NDTA, is a trainer of teachers in dance education and a pioneer in the use of technology to extend and enhance dance pedagogy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dance Composition

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2010

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...The composer’s freedom The process of composing a dance varies with each person who attempts it, and no one can set out rules or methods of progression which can be followed to achieve guaranteed success. When the composer...

Section 1: Skills for the job

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...In this Section we will be considering the range and type of skills an actor needs to operate effectively. This Skills Inventory offers you the chance to see how you measure up for the job of acting, and makes suggestions on where to seek...