"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)

A Guide to a Career in Acting

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ resource offers a whole host of information on how to get the best foundation training for performing on stage. Written by professional actor and acting coach Tilly Blackwood, who founded the Audition Doctor, this invaluable guide provides a personal account on how to begin a career in acting.
Guide
(2017)

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 Active Analysis in Rehearsal

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ guide aims to contextualise Active Analysis in Rehearsal: A Documentary Learning Resource – a collaborative research project between undergraduates and faculty at the University of California, Riverside, led by Bella Merlin. This accompanying guide provides more information on the process of putting Konstantin Stanislavsky’s method into practice.
Guide
(2018)

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

A Guide to Teaching Shakespeare with DT+ | AS & A Level English Literature

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ Guide was specifically designed to support and enhance the teaching of Shakespeare set texts for AS & A Level English Literature. Providing access to an abundance of written and filmed content on DT+, this bespoke guide aims to supply the tools to help facilitate learning opportunities by revealing how to make the most of DT+ resources.
Guide
(2017)

A-Z of Technical Theatre

This Digital Theatre+ Guide, written by stage manager Zoë Cotton, provides an A-Z list of all the people involved in the technical side of theatre production. From choreographers to lighting designers and wardrobe assistants, this unique resource offers a brief insight into each role and how they contribute to bringing a performance to life.
Guide
(2017)

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)

Anton Chekhov

Rhonda Blair, Professor in the Division of Theatre at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, provides an overview of the life of Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov. Blair considers how Chekhov’s plays capture the complexity and richness of human experience, affirming his place as one of the most influential writers of European theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Aristophanes

Michael M. Chemers, Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz, introduces one of the most celebrated comic playwrights of all time, Aristophanes. Chemers examines some of Aristophanes' surviving works, including Lysistrata and The Clouds, and considers how his plays were influenced by both the politics and the philosophy of the time.
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)

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)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Ben Jonson

Independent Scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an overview of Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson. Nellhaus explores how Jonson was deeply influenced by classical literature, aiming to absorb their values and styles to address societal issues of his time, and how he succeeded to raise the status of drama in 17th-century Britain through the publishing of his works. 
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

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)

Christopher Marlowe

The Associate Professor of Dramatic Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz, Michael M. Chemers, provides an overview of British 16th-century playwright Christopher Marlowe. Chemers explores some of Marlowe's most popular works, including Edward II and Doctor Faustus, and considers how he became one of the most celebrated tragedians during a time of vibrant theatrical activity in London.
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)

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)

David Hare

Ed Madden, Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, provides an introduction to British playwright, screenwriter and director David Hare. Madden examines Hare's successful career, from co-founding experimental touring company Portable to his working relationship with the National Theatre, and explores how his plays often anatomise the ways in which political issues intersect with the personal. Contains strong language.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Deconstruction

Ed Scheer, Head of School at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Art and Design, explores Jacques Derrida's concept of deconstruction in relation to theatre and performance. Scheer considers how Derrida's theory, which examines the relationship between text and meaning, language and speech, has impacted the works of dance choreographer Jérôme Bel and experimental theatre company Forced Entertainment.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

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)