Eugene O'Neill

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an overview of the life and works of multi-award winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. Madden explores how O’Neill’s methods, such as the use of naturalism and expressionism in his plays, have impacted American drama, affirming his place as one of the most important and influential dramatists of the 20th century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
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)

Peter Gill

Colin Chambers, Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, presents Peter Gill, the internationally renowned Welsh playwright and director, whose work has influenced the development of British theatre throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Chambers outlines the history, aims and practice of Gill’s work and explores his role in creating and developing the Riverside Studio and the National Theatre Studio in London.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Practical Workshop Guide | Frankenstein

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
(2016)

Practical Workshop Guide | Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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
(2016)

Robert Wilson

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, outlines the history, aims and methods of American theatre director Robert Wilson. Carlson explores how Wilson’s various collaborations have achieved international success, and how his experimental approach has placed him as one of the most innovative and influential theatre artists of the late 20th century.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Active Analysis for Twenty-First Century Actors

Sharon Marie Carnicke’s research on Stanislavsky brings his acting practice fully into the 21st century. In particular, her work with Stanislavsky’s ‘Active Analysis’ shows it to be a brilliantly flexible rehearsal technique for the full range of today’s performance styles, including the ‘postdramatic’.
Lecture
(2016)

Harley Granville Barker

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, introduces Harley Granville Barker - one of the most influential practitioners who shaped the post-war British theatrical landscape. Chambers outlines the history, aims and practice of Granville’s life and works, detailing his role in changing how Shakespeare was and continues to be staged.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

"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 Sam Shepard Ending

After the death of Sam Shepard in July 2017, the theatre industry united in paying homage to the Pulitzer prize winning playwright and star of both stage and screen. In this tribute, Phillip Breen, director of the 2014 production of True West, remembers the play's celebrated and revered writer, the ‘broken cowboy’.
Essay
(2017)

Arthur Miller - at a glance

Arthur Miller is seen by many as the great chronicler of the American experience of the 20th century. He has been referred to variously as ‘America’s conscience’, ‘America’s great moralist’ and ‘the Shakespeare of our time’. Arthur Asher Miller was born on 17 October 1915 in Harlem, New York, to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants to the US. Whilst never poor, Miller’s childhood was far from wealthy.
Biography

Arthur Miller Documentary

In an exclusive interview with the great American writer, BBC Omnibus talks to playwright Arthur Miller at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US today, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Fimed in 1987.

BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Augusto Boal

In this encyclopedia entry, Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman provide an insight into the history, theory and practice of Augusto Boal (1931-2009) - the endlessly energetic and innovative Brazilian theatre activist, theorist, thinker, maker, and city councillor. He is best known for a set of exercises and their political-philosophical underpinnings dubbed Theatre of the Oppressed, which was acclaimed for its social relevance, collective problem solving, and the opportunity for people struggling with oppression to become proactive in their own liberation.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Edward Gordon Craig

Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) is known as one of the twentieth century’s most influential theatre theorists and makers; he was also a trained actor. The broad scope of ‘theatre maker’, albeit not a term Craig would have used himself, aptly captures how his ideas on the fusion of ‘technical stagecrafts’ (conventionally seen as set construction, stage management, lighting and sound) and ‘creative stagecrafts’ (acting, music, literature, and dance) inform approaches to directing and anticipate collaborative models of authorship.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Eugene O'Neill - at a glance

Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born on Broadway, the heart of New York’s theatreland, in 1888, while his actor father was on tour in a show. The young Eugene spent his first seven years with his parents on tour, and this itinerant theatrical lifestyle seemed to imbue his life with a sense of rootlessness, and a desire for somewhere to call home.
Biography

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was a British playwright, screenwriter, poet, director, actor and political activist who lived from 1930 - 2008. He is best remembered for work that established him as one of the most significant dramatists of the latter half of the twentieth century. His writing is often characterised by a sense of threat or violence hidden under layers of small talk, colloquial speech and silence; so distinct is his tone that the term ‘Pinteresque’ entered the dictionary in 1982.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Henrik Ibsen - at a glance

Ibsen was born in 1828, into a wealthy family. Ibsen’s elder brother had died several weeks after his own birth. He was born into a house that was suffering a loss; in addition, the affluence that the family enjoyed soon disappeared. By the time Ibsen was six the family was bankrupt.
Biography

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

Jerzy Grotowski

Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) is widely considered one of the most important theatrical visionaries of the twentieth century. As director of the Laboratory Theatre in Poland, he became world-famous for creating a new kind of theatrical work that combined new configurations of actor and audience and provocative subject matter with virtuosic ensemble performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Joan Littlewood

Joan Littlewood (1914-2002) ran what was probably Britain’s only genuine modernist avant-garde theatre company, Theatre Workshop, founded in 1945. Littlewood wanted to combine all the arts of performance into a new dramatic form, and to forge an ensemble capable of realizing it. They would be able to present any play so dynamically that even the theatrically-illiterate would respond, and would relate their response to the political situation, to their social identity and history.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Michael Morpurgo - at a glance

Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films including the recent stage hit War Horse. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera.
Biography

On Shakespeare: Carol Chillington Rutter

Professor of English and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, Carol sheds light on England's most renowned playwright.

With so little physical evidence to unravel Shakespeare's life, Carol argues that his Latin grammar school education lies at the heart of his work.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Interview
(2014)

Samuel Beckett: As the Story was Told

This intimate portrait of Irish novelist, poet and playwright, Samuel Beckett, draws on manuscripts of his most famous works, a series of previously unpublished letters and remarkable collection of photographs.

The documentary follows Beckett's life from his Dublin childhood, to his days in Paris, associating with Picasso and Chagall, through to old age.

BBC Studios
(1996)
Documentary