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Theatre, Brief
Theatre, Brief

Theatre, Brief, 13th Edition

ISBN10: 1264300328 | ISBN13: 9781264300327
By Robert Cohen, Donovan Sherman and Michelle Liu Carriger
© 2023

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Theatre, Brief emphasizes that theatre is a reflection of ourselves, because at the core of any great art is a commentary on the human experience. Theatre is not merely entertainment, but a way for people to connect with one another and express important ideas about our culture and society. Through coverage of design, acting, and directing, students are given a behind-the-scenes look at professional theatre artists performing their craft.

Theatre, Brief immerses its readers in the world of professional theatre, giving them in-depth descriptions of many job functions and various aspects of a play’s production from beginning to end. Students will enjoy the “Why Study” Spotlight and sidebar features that connect the chapter topics to future careers.

Chapter 1     What Is Theatre?
Chapter 2     What Is a Play?
Chapter 3     Acting
Chapter 4     Playwriting
Chapter 5     Design and Technology
Chapter 6     Directing
Chapter 7     Theatre Traditions and Histories
Chapter 8     The Modern Theatre
Chapter 9     Musical Theatre
Chapter 10    Theatre Today
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About the Author

Robert Cohen

ROBERT COHEN was the founding chair Drama at the University of California at Irvine, where he continues to serve as the department's Claire Trevor Professor of Drama. He has also been a resident acting teacher at the Actors Center in New York, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Korean National Arts University, and the national theatre academies of Hungary, Finland, and Estonia. He is an accomplished stage director, scholar, playwright, drama critic, and teacher. A director by training (Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale Drama School), Cohen has staged thirteen professional productions at the Utah and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, plus well over a hundred productions at Stages Theatre Center (Hollywood), Virginia Museum Theatre (Richmond), Theatre 40 (Beverly Hills), Image Theatre (Boston), Summer Repertory Theatre (Santa Rosa), the Medieval Drama Project (Irvine), the Manhattan Theatre Source, various universities, and several operas, videos and films. In addition to Theatre and Theatre: Brief Edition, he is also the author of many theatre books, including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare, Acting Professionally, Acting Power, More Power to You, Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny, Creative Play Direction, and two dramatic anthologies. His essays have appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Forum, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, Theater der Zeit, Essays in Theatre, On Stage Studies, The Drama Review, Contemporary Literature, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Slavic and East European Performance, Experiment and Innovation, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Cohen's play, The Prince, published by Dramatic Publishing Company, has been professionally produced in Long Beach, Pittsburgh, Budapest, and in staged readings in New York and Los Angeles; his dramatic translations (The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Misanthrope, Clizia, Tibi's Law) and opera translations (The Magic Flute, Carmen) have been both produced and published widely. For the past twenty years, Cohen has been the Southern California drama critic for Plays International, reviewing over two hundred plays. In 1999, he received the national Career Achievement award from ATHE - the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Donovan Sherman

Donovan Sherman is an associate professor of English at Seton Hall University. His research focuses on the drama and performance of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, as well as theatre history, philosophy, and critical theory. Scholarly works include the book Second Death: Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare’s Drama, published in 2016 by Edinburgh University Press, along with essays on Shakespeare, performance studies, film, and early modern religion and philosophy in Shakespeare Quarterly, The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Literature/ Film Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Upstart, and Theatre Journal. Currently, he is working on a book about portrayals of ancient philosophy in early modern drama. As a theatre artist, Sherman has performed with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the SITI Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and several other regional theatres in the United States. Donovan received his doctoral degree from the Joint Program of Theatre and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, San Diego.

Michelle Liu Carriger

MICHELLE LIU CARRIGER is an assistant professor of Theater and Performance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she teaches classes on global theatre history and contemporary issues of diversity and performance. As a scholar, Carriger has published award-winning articles on cultural appropriation and clothing and nineteenth-century cross-dressing scandals in TRI: Theatre Research International and TDR: The Drama Review. Additional topics of teaching and research include the Japanese Way of Tea (“tea ceremony”), cheerleaders in twenty-first century drama, historical reenactment, Japanese youth street fashion, performance theory and theatricality, and pedagogy. Her pre-academia theatre work primarily consisted of backstage work like building sets and costumes, stage managing, and running crew. She completed a Ph.D. at Brown University and a Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she also worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a publicity assistant, a casting assistant, and an assistant director.


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