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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...

A Second Starburst: TV Mini-Series 1999–2007

Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is Visiting Professor at the University of London (CSSD) and Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where he was Professor of Theatre and Television Drama until 2010. His other publications include State of Play: contemporary “High-end” TV drama and the co-edited Mapping Intermediality in Performance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stephen Poliakoff : On Stage and Screen

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Stephen Poliakoff’s work is now better known than it has ever been courtesy of his remarkable output for television, beginning with Shooting the Past (1999) and followed in quick succession by Perfect Strangers (2001) and The Lost Prince...

Teaching and learning the art of writing drama

Michelene Wandor

Michelene Wandor is a playwright who in 1987 was the first woman playwright to have a drama on one of the National Theatre’s main stages – ‘The Wandering Jew’. Her prolific radio drama includes original radio plays and dramatisations, many nominated for awards. Her books on contemporary theatre include Postwar British Drama: Looking Back in Gender. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Art of Writing Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

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...As all teachers and students know, the quicksilver ambience and activity of the classroom is virtually impossible to document accurately. Teachers sometimes describe the way they work, aiming to create an impression of the atmosphere...

Conversation and Criticism: Audiences and Unfinished Critical Thinking

Matthew Reason

Matthew Reason is Professor of Theatre and Performance at York St John University, UK. Publications include Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (2006), The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experiences of Theatre (2010) and, co-edited with Dee Reynolds, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Contexts (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The conversation takes place between eight of us; sitting in a circle in an upstairs room of the Tramway in Glasgow, just after watching Needcompany’s The Porcelain Project. It is essentially an aftershow conversation, much like the many...

Can I Learn to Write Comedy from a Book?

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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...Somebody once said that comedy writers and comedians are people who see the funny side of everything – except comedy itself. Certainly wherever comics and writers gather, the question that opens this chapter is often hotly and passionately...

Teh Internet is a Serious Business

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Megan Vaughan’s review of the Royal Court production Teh Internet Is a Serious Business was originally published on her blog Synonyms for Churlish on 23 September 2014 (...

Finding Your Comedy Direction

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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...For comedy writers, career success can be a double-edged sword.For one thing, you may have to put up with snide comments from friends, acquaintances and even family members along the lines of ‘Now, that’s what I call an easy job – nothing...

How to Think Like a Theatre Critic

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This piece was originally written for the Australian literary magazine Island and was published in No. 137 in 2014. At first, you mustn’t think. You arrive at the place assigned for performance. It may be a theatre, it may be a shed...

Directing Sarah Ruhl: An Interview with Sarah Rasmussen and Hayley Finn

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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...Sarah Rasmussen is Artistic Director of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, where her production of In the Next Room or the vibrator play won IVEY awards for Best Direction and Overall Excellence, and where she directed Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy...

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This text was first published in Contemporary Theatre Review (online), February 2015 ( http://www.contemporarytheatrereview.org/2015/nota/ ). The selection of notes is published here for the first time...