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

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.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
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

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
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

Henry Irving

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an introduction to the first British actor to be knighted, Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). Leach explores Irving’s success as artistic director of the Lyceum Theatre in London and considers how its repertoire was built around Irving’s own acting strengths, which focused on psychologically complex characters in splendid theatrical settings.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Joseph Chaikin

Dorinda Hulton, Senior Research Fellow in Drama at Exeter University, provides an introduction to American actor, director, playwright and pedagogue Joseph Chaikin. Hulton considers Chaikin’s interest in ensemble processes, exploring a number of non-naturalistic exercises which he produced with The Open Theater, and details his collaboration with playwrights such as Sam Shepard and Jean-Claude van Itallie.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Lee Strasberg

Lola Cohen at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute outlines the history, aims and practice of the ‘Father of Method Acting’ in America, Lee Strasberg. Cohen explores Strasberg’s successful approach to actor training which seeks to stimulate creativity and provide actors with a unique language to explore life’s complexities through the senses.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Léon Bakst

Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, provides an introduction to the Russian painter, illustrator and designer, Léon Bakst (1866-1924). Senelick details Bakst’s success from co-founding the World of Art group to his revolutionary work with the Ballet Russes which popularised exoticism in scenery and costume design.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Noël Coward

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to British playwright, actor and director Noël Coward. Exploring some of Coward’s most popular works such as Private Lives and Hay Fever, Madden considers how he is often viewed as a pivotal figure in the narrative of 20th-century drama.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Pina Bausch

Natasha Fedorova, teacher of pure movement at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, introduces the work of German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009). Fedorova considers how Bausch reinvented dance theatre with her company Tanztheater Wuppertal, exploring how she creatively integrated other art forms with unique choreographic techniques and highlights her interest in staging experience instead of telling a story.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Audio Theatre

Practical Workshop Guide | A Taste of Honey

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
(2018)
Practical Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

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.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Vasily Toporkov

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, introduces the Russian actor Vasily Toporkov (1889-1970), who published a detailed account of his experience working with Konstantin Stanislavsky. Senelick considers the importance of Toporkov’s theoretical work on the interpretation and popularisation of Stanislavsky’s Method of Physical Action and his theory on the art of acting.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

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’.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Lecture

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

"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’.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Essay

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

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.
Digital Theatre
Biography