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

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

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.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Interview

Kneehigh

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an overview of British theatre company Kneehigh. Radosavljević explores the company’s history, aims and methods, referring to their regular collaborators, their connection to the term ‘community’ and their highly visual storytelling style which has gained them international recognition.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Last Train to Nibroc

This informative study guide, written by Katharine Farmer, director of the Nibroc Trilogy at the Rubicon Theatre Company in California, provides invaluable insight into the history, context and staging of Arlene Hutton’s Last Train to Nibroc.
Katharine Farmer
(2016)
Study Guide

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

Lesson Plan: Devising

Digital Theatre+ Lesson Plans aim to furnish a number of tools and strategies for students studying Drama, Theatre and the Performing Arts. Written by Jeni Whittaker of DramaWorks, these guides encourage creativity and group collaboration through practical exercises, evaluative discussions and research suggestions.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Practical Guide

Lev Dodin

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, provides an introduction to one of the most prominent Russian directors of the last four decades, Lev Dodin (1944- ). Exploring Dodin’s methods, Senelick considers how his productions combine the Russian tradition of psychological playing with collective creativity and enable him to stage interpretations of literary fiction with great success.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Making Postdramatic Theatre: A Handbook of Devising Exercises

This exclusive Digital Theatre+ workshop handbook, edited by Tracy Crossley and Niki Woods from the University of Salford, compiles exercises from contemporary British and trans-European theatre companies and practitioners for tutors teaching postdramatic practice and for students and theatre-makers devising their own performance work.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Guide

Martin Crimp

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces one of the most significant playwrights in contemporary European theatre, Martin Crimp. Madden examines the ways in which Crimp approaches the complex territory of scathing political satire and considers how he continues to expand the range of possibilities for dramatic writing.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Maurice Maeterlinck

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, introduces the work of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. Senelick explores the characteristics of Maeterlinck’s writing, focusing on his fascination with silence, death and anguish and exemplifies how his plays have significantly influenced European drama over the last century, from the symbolists to the absurdists and beyond.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
Concise Introduction

Mei Lanfang

Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, introduces Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Beijing (Peking) opera artists in Chinese theatre. Whyman explores the development of his work, from the use of visual and musical conventions in stylised movements to cross-gender performance and influences on Western theatre practitioners.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Mike Alfreds

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an introduction to director and teacher Mike Alfreds. Radosavljević explores Alfreds’ successful career, from founding the ensemble company Shared Experience to the development of his work on the actor as the most essential and indispensable element of theatre.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Mimesis

Independent scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an introduction to mimesis – a concept that concerns the relationship between art and the world. Nellhaus explores how the term’s various meanings in relation to theatre and performance have developed over time, from ancient Greece to modern-day realism, and argues that no one approach can really cover every aspect or possibility of art.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Neuroscience and Performance

Rick Kemp, Head of Acting and Directing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, explores the impact of neuroscience on theatre and performance. Referring to key practitioners, such as Katie Mitchell and Mike Alfreds, Kemp considers how discoveries in neuroscience enable theatre-makers to better understand both their subject matter (human behaviour) and the functions used to express it in performance.
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

Pantomime

Robert Leach, Former Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Birmingham, provides an overview of British pantomime. Leach explores the form’s dramatic development, from the use of Commedia inspired characters and Harlequinade to the introduction of the Dame, and highlights how pantomime raises questions of gender, social stability and the problem of illusion and reality in theatre.
Digital Theatre
(2018)
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

Playlist: Design

Digital Theatre+ Playlists are bespoke resources designed for teachers to use as a springboard for subjects such as Physical Theatre and Design. Created by educators, these playlists aim to inspire, support and enhance the teaching of theatre and performance by revealing how to make the most of DT+ resources in the classroom.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Playlist

Playlist: Physical Theatre

Digital Theatre+ Playlists are bespoke resources designed for teachers to use as a springboard for subjects such as Physical Theatre and Design. Created by educators, these playlists aim to inspire, support and enhance the teaching of theatre and performance by revealing how to make the most of DT+ resources in the classroom.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Playlist

Political Theatre

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of Political Theatre – a term applied to theatre which refers to, comments on, or wishes its audience to intervene in political issues and events. Chambers explores the various definitions that Political Theatre has adopted over time and questions if theatre really has the power to change society.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Concise Introduction

Practical Workshop Guide | An Inspector Calls

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
(2017)
Practical Guide