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  1. Required texts: 5 items
    1. The cherry orchard - Tom Stoppard, Helen Rappaport, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 2009

      Book Essential reading Full-text is also available via Drama Online (go to the Brunel Library home page and click on 'Databases A-Z').

    2. The Purple Flower, by Marita Bonner (1928) (one-act play)

    3. Exit, an Illusion, by Marita Bonner (1929) (one-act play)

    4. The maids - Jean Genet 2009

      Book Essential reading

    5. You are strongly encouraged to see as much live performance as possible – these are also your key texts for this course and the most vital way of building your knowledge and understanding of the processes of directing. There are many good productions, for example, at Barbican, RSC, and Donmar. See as many productions as you can, especially of plays written prior to 1950.

  2. Core Reading: 4 items
    1. The director and the stage: from naturalism to Grotowski - Edward Braun 1982

      Book Essential reading

    2. Directors on directing: a source book of the modern theatre - Toby Cole, Helen Krich Chinoy 1963

      Book Essential reading

  3. Recommended: 17 items
    1. The theatre and its double - Antonin Artaud, Victor Corti 2013

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Acting: the first six lessons - Richard Boleslavsky 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Brecht on theatre - Bertolt Brecht, Jack Davis 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    4. To the actor - Michael Chekhov, Mala Powers 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    5. On directing - Harold Clurman 1997

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Hamburgische dramaturgie - Free Ebook - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Marinetti: selected writings - Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Robert Willard Flint, Arthur A. Coppotelli 1972

      Book Recommended reading Features 'The Futurist Manifesto', which can also be freely accessed online.

    8. Meyerhold on theatre - Edward Braun, Jonathan Pitches 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Meyerhold on theatre - Edward Braun, Jonathan Pitches 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    10. An actor prepares - Konstantin Stanislavsky 2008

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Building a character - Konstantin Stanislavsky, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood 1949

      Book Recommended reading

    12. Creating a role - Konstantin Stanislavsky, Hermine I. Popper 1987 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    13. My life in art - Konstantin Stanislavsky 1967 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

  4. Recommended Reading (from a post-1950 perspective): 63 items
    1. The director's eye: a comprehensive textbook for directors and actors - John Ahart 2001

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Feminist theories for dramatic criticism - Gayle Austin c1990

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Theatre games: a new approach to drama training - Clive Barker 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Decolonizing the stage: theatrical syncretism and post-colonial drama - Christopher B. Balme 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Playing Shakespeare - John Barton 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Anne Bogart: viewpoints - Michael Bigelow Dixon, Joel A. Smith, Classics in Context Festival 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Thinking like a director: a practical handbook - Michael Bloom 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Theatre of the oppressed - Augusto Boal 2008

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The viewpoints book: a practical guide to viewpoints and composition - Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Theatre Communications Group 2005

      Book Essential reading

    10. The empty space - Peter Brook 2008

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Masculinities and identities - David Buchbinder 1994

      Book Recommended reading

    12. The theatre of Suzuki Tadashi - Ian Carruthers, Yasunari Takahashi 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    13. Feminism and theatre - Sue-Ellen Case 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Performing feminisms: feminist critical theory and theatre - Sue-Ellen Case 1990

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Feminist and queer performance: critical strategies - Sue-Ellen Case 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Directors in rehearsal: a hidden world - Susan Letzler Cole 1992

      Book Recommended reading

    17. Contemporary European theatre directors - Maria M. Delgado, Dan Rebellato 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    18. In contact with the gods?: directors talk theatre - Maria M. Delgado, Paul Heritage 1996

      Book Recommended reading

    19. The feminist spectator as critic - Jill Dolan 2012

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Critical theory and performance - Dolan Jill

      Chapter Recommended reading Read pp. 334-354, ’Practicing Cultural Disruptions: Gay and Lesbian Representation and Sexuality’.

    21. Upstaging Big Daddy: directing theater as if gender and race matter - Ellen Donkin, Susan Clement c1993

      Book Recommended reading

    22. The Actor and the Target - Declan Donnellan 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    23. On directing: interviews with directors - Mary Luckhurst, Gabriella Giannachi 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    24. The Routledge reader in politics and performance - Lizbeth Goodman, Jane De Gay 2000

      Book Recommended reading

    25. Complete plays

      Chapter Recommended reading Read pp. 9-18: Greig, D. 2001 ‘Introduction’.

    26. Towards a poor theatre - Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba 1976

      Book Recommended reading

    27. Making contemporary theatre: international rehearsal processes - Jen Harvie, Andy Lavender 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    28. The twentieth century performance reader - Teresa Brayshaw, Noel Witts 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    29. Great directors at work: Stanislavsky, Brecht, Kazan, Brook - David Richard Jones c1992

      Book Recommended reading

    30. Postdramatic theatre - Hans-Thies Lehmann 2006

      Book Recommended reading

    31. Staging masculinities: history, gender, performance - Michael Mangan 2003 [i.e. 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    32. The Theatre of images - Bonnie Marranca, Richard Foreman, Lee Breuer, Robert Wilson c1977

      Book Recommended reading

    33. The other way: an alternative approach to acting and directing - Charles Marowitz c1999

      Book Recommended reading

    34. Directing the action: acting and directing in the contemporary theatre - Charles Marowitz, Charles Marowitz c1986

      Book Recommended reading

    35. Space in performance: making meaning in the theatre - Gay McAuley 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    36. Directing drama - John Miles-Brown 1980

      Book Recommended reading

    37. The director's craft: a handbook for the theatre - Katie Mitchell, Katie Mitchell 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    38. Fifty key theatre directors - Shomit Mitter, Maria Shevtsova 2005

      Book Recommended reading

    39. Richard Foreman - Gerald Rabkin 1999

      Book Recommended reading

    40. Re:direction: a theoretical and practical guide - Rebecca Schneider, Gabrielle H. Cody 2002

      Book Recommended reading

    41. Directors/directing: conversations on theatre - Maria Shevtsova, C. D. Innes 2009

      Book Recommended reading

    42. Authoring performance: the director in contemporary theatre - Avra Sidiropoulou, ProQuest (Firm) 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    43. Dramaturgy and performance - Cathy Turner, Synne K. Behrndt 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    44. Act like a man: challenging masculinities in American drama - Robert Vorlicky 1995

      Book Recommended reading

    45. Carry on, understudies: theatre and sexual politics - Michelene Wandor, Michelene Wandor 1986

      Book Recommended reading

    46. Directing postmodern theater: shaping signification in performance - Jon Whitmore c1994

      Book Recommended reading

  5. Relevant journals: 6 items
    1. Studies in Theatre and Performance

      Journal Recommended reading Formerly known as Studies in Theatre Production

  6. Web Sites: 4 items
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