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)

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)

An Introduction to Frantic Assembly

This extended essay, by Aleks Sierz, introduces Frantic Assembly as an innovative British theatre company that has spent more than two decades telling stories by using physical theatre techniques, and whose style is a viscerally exciting fusion of text, music and movement.
Essay
(2017)

Applied Theatre

Chair of Applied and Social Theatre at Griffith University, Michael Balfour, outlines the history, theory and practice of Applied Theatre. Balfour focuses on Applied Theatre’s philosophy of creating theatre and performance concerned with audience engagement and examines a variety of social contexts in which it currently operates.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Theatre Historiography

Historiography is the study, not only of the historical record, but the process of writing history. Theatre historiography studies how histories of the theatre are constructed and also generates new histories. When we speak of “histories of the theatre,” we refer to the histories of performance practice as well as the body of plays, criticism, theory, dramaturgical writings, and other fragments that survive in archives or record books.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)