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Rhonda Blair

Rhonda Blair, Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, USA, is the author of The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience (2008), and essays in Theatre Topics, TDR, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, among others, and several edited volumes. She was president of the American Society for Theatre Research, 2009-2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amy Cook

Amy Cook, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and English at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, is the author of Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through Cognitive Science, (2010) and essays in, among others, Theatre Journal, TDR, SubStance, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre, the Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition (forthcoming). She was the co-chair of the Working Group in Cognitive Science and Performance for American Society for Theatre Research from 2010-2014. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Stories told by bodies onstage. We have not stopped being interested in stories or those bodies, or in coming together to hear them. The language, bodies and stages change, but their fascination remains. Theatre and performance moves us...

Performance, Irony and Viewpoint in Language

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Irony and drama At least since the German Romantics, people have been observing that there seems to be a particular kinship between irony and the theatre. The idea that irony...

Distributed Cognition, Mindful Bodies and the Arts of Acting

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...One of my guilty pleasures is the reality cooking show, especially ‘MasterChef Australia’. This programme features a group of amateur cooks who are faced with a range of tasks, from cooking their favourite comfort food to experimenting...

The Olympic Actor: Improving Actor Training and Performance Through Sports Psychology

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction Actors and athletes have a great deal in common, although the two fields rarely cross paths as much as they could or, perhaps, should. In fact, Bertolt Brecht...

The Historical Body Map: Cultural Pressures on Embodied Cognition

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Clothes, proverbially, make the man, do something to the body, change its material reality. Beyond proverbs, however, clothes influence the ways we experience our bodies as structures with the capacity for movement and gesture...

What Is New Writing?

Aleks Sierz

Aleks Sierz is Visiting Research Fellow at Rose Bruford College, and author of In-Yer-Face Theatre: British Drama Today (Faber, 2001) and The Theatre of Martin Crimp (Methuen Drama, 2006). He also works as a journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and theatre critic. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rewriting The Nation

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Katurian Well .….I kind of hate any writing that’s even vaguely autobiographical. I think people who only write about what they know only write about what they know because they’re too fucking stupid to make anything up.So strong is British...

Another Way of Looking: Reflexive Technologies and How They Change the World

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I want to try something. I want you to sit with this book and a computer, or a smartphone or tablet, any screen where you have access to the internet and can watch a video and search for some pictures. I’m going to ask you to look at some...

Becoming Elsewhere: ArtsCross and the (Re)location of Performer Cognition

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction Like most performing artists, professional dancers face a unique challenge inherent in live theatrical presentation: these highly prepared...
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...Filmed with the cooperation of his nearest relatives, close friends and distinguished artistic collaborators this production is a rare testament to one of the century's most famous and original writers. Shot on location in Dublin, London...

Doth Not Brutus Bootless Kneel? Kneeling, Cognition and Destructive Plasticity in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Thanks to Amy Cook, Rhonda Blair, Gillian Woods, Laura Salisbury and Isabel Davis, and to Raphael Lyne and the other participants of the Renaissance kinesis workshop in honour of Guillemette Bolens at Cambridge on 25–27 September 2014...