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.
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(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.
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(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.
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(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)

Eugenio Barba

Adam J. Ledger, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, introduces the internationally renowned director Eugenio Barba. Ledger details Barba’s role in the development of Odin Teatret and considers his interest in creating a theatre that changes perceptions and forges connections with audiences and communities.
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(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | AS/A level Drama and Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Fast Pass Revision Guide | GCSE Drama

Digital Theatre+ Fast Pass Revision Guides are designed for students to quickly access a range of resources available for their subject. Directing students to various forms of content such as productions, interviews, essays and documentaries, these guides cover texts from Renaissance to 21st-century drama.
Revision Guide
(2017)

Immersive Worlds: Designing Katie Mitchell's Theatre | Ben Fowler in conversation with Alex Eales

Scholar Ben Fowler and designer Alex Eales discuss Eales’ collaborations with Katie Mitchell, including his work on Cleansed, Happy Days and Night Train. Eales gives insight into the process of working on a production, including the designer’s role in working with a text and the detailed naturalism of his set and lighting design.
Interview
(2017)

Irish Theatre

Professor at the National University of Ireland, Lionel Pilkington, offers an invaluable introduction to Irish Theatre. Referring to key playwrights and practitioners who have been instrumental in its development, such as Samuel Beckett, Pilkington provides an overview of the history, theory and practice of Irish Theatre, and emphasises its importance during a time of political and social unrest.
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(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.
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(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.
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(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.
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(2017)

Katie Mitchell and the Politics of Naturalist Theatre | Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga in conversation

Dan Rebellato and Kim Solga explore the ethics and aesthetics within Katie Mitchell’s oeuvre. Solga considers the inherent feminist politics of Mitchell’s work, and Rebellato places it within the historical context of naturalism, leading to a detailed discussion of Sarah Kane’s radical naturalism and Mitchell’s production of Cleansed.
Interview
(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.
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(2017)

Tom Stoppard

Ed Madden, Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, introduces British playwright Tom Stoppard. Madden explores key themes in Stoppard’s plays, from the value of art to the inevitability of death, and emphasises his influence and importance as a dramatist renowned for intellectual playfulness and theatrical dazzle.
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(2017)

Tony Kushner

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the multi-award winning playwright Tony Kushner. Covering history, methods and aims, Carlson provides an overview of Kushner’s works, collaborations and political impact, affirming his place as one of the most prominent and honoured contemporary American playwrights.
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(2017)

Wilful Distraction: Katie Mitchell, Auteurism and the Canon | A lecture by Tom Cornford

Tom Cornford discusses Katie Mitchell’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Miss Julie and The Cherry Orchard, examining her innovative stagings and the critical response to them. Cornford unpacks the criticisms that she is a European-style auteur, and explores her scenographic distractions, and her radical interpretations highlighting issues of class, gender and power relations.
Lecture
(2017)

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.
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(2018)

Edward Bond

Michael Patterson, Emeritus Professor of Theatre at De Montfort University, Leicester, provides an introduction to British playwright Edward Bond. Patterson explores Bond’s well-known plays, such as Lear and Saved, and considers how the use of violence throughout his work has led to him becoming one of the most controversial and important dramatists of the 21st century. Contains adult content.
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(2017)

Goat Island

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an overview of the collaborative US performance company, Goat Island. Carlson explores how the company, admired for their originality and physicality, employed elements of experimental theatre, performance art and postmodern dance to express contemporary political and social concerns.
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(2017)

Guillermo Gómez-Peña

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces one of America’s best-known performance artists, Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Carlson considers how issues of immigration and border and cross-cultural questions have been central to Gómez-Peña’s work and explores his role in founding the transdisciplinary and politically engaged performance group, La Pocha Nostra.
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(2017)

Laurie Anderson

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an introduction to US performance artist Laurie Anderson. Carlson explores how Anderson’s work experimenting with technology and music has led her to become one of the most popular and honoured storytellers on the contemporary stage.
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(2017)

Maria Irene Fornés

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the Cuban-American, avant-garde playwright Maria Irene Fornés. Carlson explores Fornés’ influential role in shaping the modern American playwriting culture, particularly with regards to training young female dramatists, and considers how her work is concerned with an emotional rather than a logical theatre.
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(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)