A Guide to a Career in Stage Management

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ introductory guide contains all the essential information for anyone interested in a career in stage management, from finding the right qualification and training to applying for your first job. Written by stage manager Zoë Cotton, this valuable resource offers practical advice by an industry expert who demonstrates how developing skills, gaining experience and making connections can provide exciting opportunities for the future.
Guide
(2017)

A Guide to Kneehigh

This Digital Theatre+ and DramaWorks guide provides a useful introduction to British theatre company Kneehigh. Covering their key productions, history and unique style, this invaluable resource also offers practical-based exercises using Kneehigh techniques which can be adapted and used in the classroom to inspire teamwork, experimentation and improvisation.
DramaWorks
(2017)
Guide

Acting

The Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, Rose Whyman, provides an introduction to the various approaches to acting. Whyman explores the development of drama and acting processes, from the use of rhetoric in Ancient Greece to Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method, and details the differences between an actor representing an emotion and experiencing emotion.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Aeschylus

Mark Fortier, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada, provides an introduction to Aeschylus – a playwright often referred to as the father of tragedy. Fortier explores the influence of Greek mythology on Aeschylus’s key works, draws on contemporary examples and critical theory, and considers the impact of Greek tragedy on theatre and performance throughout history.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Audience

Professor of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University Dorothy Chansky provides an introduction to the role of the audience in relation to theatre and performance. Chansky examines how the perception of audience has changed throughout history and considers the way different forms of theatre offer further exploration into the audience as a performing phenomenon.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

August Strindberg

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, provides an introduction to Swedish dramatist August Strindberg (1849-1912). Senelick considers how Strindberg’s personal experience directly influenced his work and highlights how he intensely explored the complexities of the ego, providing an alternative approach to conventional stage behaviour with the ever-changing personalities of his characters.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Catharsis

Independent Scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an introduction to catharsis - a term associated with Aristotle’s definition of tragedy and the purgation of emotions. Nellhaus explores various interpretations of catharsis and considers how the relationship it draws between the play, the audience and a particular set of emotions, such as fear and pity, has developed significantly over time.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Circus

Peta Tait, Professor of Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University, Melbourne, provides an introduction to the history, theory and practice of the circus. Referring to influential practitioners, significant female performers and contemporary circus companies, Tait considers how the circus continues to amaze audiences around the world with extraordinary physical stunts and evocative acrobatic action.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Director's Notebook | Babe, the Sheep-Pig

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Director's Notebook | Death of a Salesman

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Director's Notebook | Julius Caesar

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Director's Notebook | The Birthday Party

Digital Theatre+ Director Notebooks provide an invaluable insight into professional directors’ rehearsal notes, personal processes and directorial intentions for staging a play. Covering critical thinking and practical approaches, these exclusive resources aim to give an understanding of the various ways a text can be interpreted and presented to an audience. Contains strong language.
Director Notebooks
(2017)

Edith Craig

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, outlines the work of British theatre director, producer, costumier and pioneer of the women’s suffrage movement, Edith Craig (1869-1947). Leach details Craig’s key productions with the Pioneer Players and considers how her experimental approach aimed to make audiences think, question and see humane solutions to problems.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Edward Albee

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, presents the history, aims and methods of the one of the greatest American dramatists, Edward Albee. Madden provides an in-depth analysis of Albee’s works, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and explores their concern with exposing the darkness, delusion and desperation that lie behind the façade of contemporary life.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Eugenio Barba

Adam J. Ledger, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, introduces the internationally renowned director Eugenio Barba. Ledger details Barba’s role in the development of Odin Teatret and considers his interest in creating a theatre that changes perceptions and forges connections with audiences and communities.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Farce

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, introduces farce – a form of comedy usually associated with physical action, exaggerated performance and crude language. Senelick explores the evolution of farce in the West from its origins in carnival to its influence on 19th-century vaudeville, and considers how it can be viewed as a revenge of instincts and impulses over ethical precepts.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level Drama and Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE Drama

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Headlong

Catherine Love, freelance arts journalist, theatre critic and researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, provides an introduction to British touring theatre company Headlong. Love explores the company’s key works, including a variety of new writing, re-imagined classics and 20th-century plays, and highlights Headlong’s reputation for its innovative practice, use of digital technology and creative partnerships.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Interview
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Jacques Lecoq

Rick Kemp, Professor of Acting and Directing at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, provides an overview of the life and work of renowned theatre practitioner, Jacques Lecoq. Famous for creating an approach that uses movement analysis, improvisation and collective creation to teach theatre, Lecoq’s work has, and continues to be, recognised and revered globally.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Julie Taymor

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, outlines the history, aims and practice of the Tony Award-winning director, Julie Taymor. Detailing her work, including the extremely successful Broadway creation, The Lion King, Carlson affirms Taymor’s position as one of the most innovative American directors of theatre, opera and film.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)