"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.
Guide
(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 Wilson

Isaiah Wooden, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at the American University, presents the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Wooden examines Wilson’s internationally acclaimed 10-play Century Cycle, which explores African-American life, experience and history, making Wilson one of the most significant and influential American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Caryl Churchill

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Caryl Churchill. Madden explores Churchill’s works in-depth and considers how her experimentation with language, the collaborative process with Joint Stock and the strong political and feminist content of her work has led her to become one of the greatest living dramatists in the UK.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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)

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)

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)

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.
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)

Katie Mitchell

Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham's Department of Drama and Theatre Arts Adam J. Ledger introduces the innovative and award-winning British theatre director Katie Mitchell. Exploring Mitchell’s experimental theatre methods, and the influence of psychology and the environment on her work, Ledger considers how her productions combine physical and emotional behaviour with theatrical imagery and inventiveness.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Kneehigh

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an overview of British theatre company Kneehigh. Radosavljević explores the company’s history, aims and methods, referring to their regular collaborators, their connection to the term ‘community’ and their highly visual storytelling style which has gained them international recognition.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Lesson Plan: Devising

Digital Theatre+ Lesson Plans aim to furnish a number of tools and strategies for students studying Drama, Theatre and the Performing Arts. Written by Jeni Whittaker of DramaWorks, these guides encourage creativity and group collaboration through practical exercises, evaluative discussions and research suggestions.
Practical Guide
(2017)

Mei Lanfang

Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, introduces Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Beijing (Peking) opera artists in Chinese theatre. Whyman explores the development of his work, from the use of visual and musical conventions in stylised movements to cross-gender performance and influences on Western theatre practitioners.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Mike Alfreds

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an introduction to director and teacher Mike Alfreds. Radosavljević explores Alfreds’ successful career, from founding the ensemble company Shared Experience to the development of his work on the actor as the most essential and indispensable element of theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | Edward II

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.
Practical Guide
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | The History Boys

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.
Practical Guide
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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.
Practical Guide
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | Waiting for Godot

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.
Practical Guide
(2017)

Russian Theatre

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an overview of Russian theatre. Covering history, theory and practice, Leach explores the various methods by some of Russia’s leading theatrical practitioners, such as Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vsevolod Meyerhold, and examines the development of realist and anti-realist theatre during the 20th century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Stages and Screens: Katie Mitchell’s Theatre Aesthetics | Janis Jefferies in conversation with Leo Warner

Janis Jefferies and designer Leo Warner explore Katie Mitchell’s experiments with ‘live cinema’ and work with non-linear narratives. Warner gives detailed insight into his work with Mitchell on Waves, including how the company moved from rehearsal room to stage and used cameras to bridge the divide between text and dramatic experience.
Interview
(2017)

The Living Theatre

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the oldest experimental theatre group in the US, The Living Theatre. Carlson details how the company gained their reputation as a politically and socially engaged alternative theatre, and considers their continuous exploration of interaction with their audiences.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

This Island's Mine

This inspiring short film examines ‘The Hunter Heartbeat Method’ developed by Kelly Hunter, which uses games derived from Shakespeare’s poetic exploration of the mind, eyes, reason and love to release communicative blocks within children with autism.
Flute Theatre
(2015)
Documentary

Anne Bogart

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an introduction to American theatre and opera director Anne Bogart. Carlson explores Bogart’s role in co-founding one of the best-known experimental theatre companies in the US, SITI, and examines her popular approach to actor training, known as Viewpoints.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)