"All the World's a Stage": A Guide to Teaching World Theatre

This Digital Theatre+ Guide, written by freelance international theatre practitioner and writer Dinos Aristidou, provides support for engaging with theatre practices from around the world and includes a series of useful activities focusing on research, performance and aesthetics to use in the classroom.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Guide

Arthur Miller

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Madden explores the recurring themes in Miller’s work, including the American Dream, post-war American society and the impact of capitalism, and considers how they continue to resonate in productions around the world.
Concise Introduction
(2018)

Australian Theatre

Peta Tait, Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University in Melbourne, provides an introduction to Australian theatre. Referring to key practitioners who have impacted Australia’s theatrical landscape, Tait considers how explorations of Aboriginal culture and postcolonial concepts have developed into two distinctive modes of performance which incorporate aspects of Australia’s multicultural society in the 21st century.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Brian Friel

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to Irish playwright Brian Friel. Referring to some of Friel’s best-known plays such as Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa, Madden explores how his work questions the connection between language, culture and identity, and considers how his legacy influenced a generation of playwrights who followed him.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Commedia Dell'arte

Author John Rudlin provides an introduction to commedia dell’arte, a form of theatre popular in Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. Rudlin lists the stock characters and masks which are central to the form that originated in Italy and considers the criticism and controversy surrounding commedia’s engagement with political figures and events of the time.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Erwin Piscator

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, provides an overview of one of the most significant directors of Weimar Germany, Erwin Piscator (1893-1966). Senelick explores the similarities and differences between Piscator’s and Bertolt Brecht’s approaches to epic theatre and considers how his scenographic and dramatic innovations in the service of revolutionary Marxism gave power to political theatre of the 1920s.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Henrik Ibsen

Michael M. Chemers, Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, provides an overview of the life and works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Chemers considers how Ibsen’s social-realist dramas defied conventional morality and compelled audiences to psychological introspection, affirming his place as one of the most influential dramatists of modern realism.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Intercultural Theatre

Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne Paul Rae provides an overview of intercultural theatre – a theatre which involves participants coming together from all over the world to share cultural forms, practices and worldviews. Rae details the history, theory and practice of intercultural theatre and refers to the work of key practitioners who have been influential in its development.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Irish Theatre

Professor at the National University of Ireland, Lionel Pilkington, offers an invaluable introduction to Irish Theatre. Referring to key playwrights and practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Samuel Beckett, Pilkington provides an overview of the history, theory and practice of Irish Theatre, and emphasises its importance during a time of political and social unrest.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Lev Dodin

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, provides an introduction to one of the most prominent Russian directors of the last four decades, Lev Dodin (1944- ). Exploring Dodin’s methods, Senelick considers how his productions combine the Russian tradition of psychological playing with collective creativity and enable him to stage interpretations of literary fiction with great success.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Political Theatre

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of Political Theatre – a term applied to theatre which refers to, comments on, or wishes its audience to intervene in political issues and events. Chambers explores the various definitions that Political Theatre has adopted over time and questions if theatre really has the power to change society.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Sam Shepard

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, details the life and work of American playwright, screenwriter and actor Sam Shepard (1943-2017). Madden considers how the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer subverted the conventions of American domestic naturalism and explores his use of familial relationships as a means to examine national themes in plays such as True West and Buried Child.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Samuel Beckett

Professor of Drama at the University of Chester David Pattie outlines the history and practice of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights, Samuel Beckett. Pattie explores how Beckett's radical and minimalist approach to dramatic narrative and stagecraft has been instrumental in the development of contemporary theatre and performance.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Tennessee Williams

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces the multi-award winning American playwright Tennessee Williams. Detailing the successes of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Madden explores how Williams' aims and methods have greatly impacted the narrative of American drama.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

William Butler Yeats

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, introduces poet, playwright and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, William Butler Yeats. Fortier provides an overview of Yeats’ history, aims and practice, detailing how his work was influenced by political issues, and emphasises the importance of his role in the development of Irish Theatre.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces one of America’s best-known performance artists, Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Carlson considers how issues of immigration and border and cross-cultural questions have been central to Gómez-Peña’s work and explores his role in founding the transdisciplinary and politically engaged performance group, La Pocha Nostra.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Practical Workshop Guide | As You Like It

The aim of this Digital Theatre+ Practical Workshop Guide is to deepen and enrich understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance, encouraging the student to approach the material using the investigative and interpretive methods of the actor, director or voice coach.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

Practical Workshop Guide | Cloud 9

The aim of this Digital Theatre+ Practical Workshop Guide is to deepen and enrich understanding of the play as a blueprint for performance, encouraging the student to approach the material using the investigative and interpretive methods of the actor, director or voice coach.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

Ritual

Senior Lecturer of Drama, Theatre, and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, Ben Spatz, explores the various dimensions of ritual – ritual theatre and ritual in theatre – and their development throughout history. Referring to key practitioners, Spatz provides an overview of the theory and practice of ritual and its application to theatre and performance.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

The Stage Archive: Peter Coe’s Macbeth at the Round House

This review, written by R.B. Marriott, describes an all-black production of Macbeth, in which there is a “strong sense of human beings working out their fate within a world of ancient superstition.” Marriott’s commentary gives an insight into cultural attitudes to non-western theatre in the early 1970s.
The Stage
(1972)
Review

"Surviving surviving": Irving Roth

Irving Roth tells of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor in a world where the number of living survivors has started to wane.

Asked to share his deeply moving story in schools across the USA, Roth reflects on the importance of young people in ensuring that these last voices of the Holocaust are documented.

Survivor Irving Roth highlights the importance of survivors' stories in forming Holocaust history
National Jewish Theater
(2014)
Documentary

A View from the Bridge

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

Arthur Miller

Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

George Bernard Shaw

Theatre Director and the Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces the work of Irish playwright and Nobel Prize Winner George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). Madden considers how Shaw’s plays aimed to interrogate serious moral and political ideas which were informed by his socialist politics and details the influence of Henrik Ibsen, particularly on work which explores the role of women.
Digital Theatre
Concise Introduction

I Will Refuse to Bubble: History and Theater as Defiance

I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.

Greg Mullavey as 'Milton' and Andi Potemkin as 'Annie' face each other, smiling, with Andi's hand on Greg's on her cheek
National Jewish Theater
(2012)
Interview