The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre 13 9780073514260
The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre

The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre

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Grade Levels: 13
MHID: 0073514268 |  ISBN 13: 9780073514260

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New Features

A new play Water by the Spoonful, which addresses the trauma and challenges faced by a young veteran returning from the Iraq War, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

An extended study of the design process for Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, exploring sound and video design as well as scene, costume, and lighting design.

• Over fifty new color photos representing many exciting, recent plays, productions, and approaches to theatre including Elliot, A Soldier's Tale, The Glass Menagerie, Golden Boy, The Island, Mies Julie, Once, War Horse, The Wild Bride, and the York Mystery Cycle.

An emphasis on the diversity of American and world theatre, with a focus on theatre and social change including new material on the theatre of South Africa.

Structured assignments that focus on critical thinking, writing, and creative approaches including chapter exercises, a hands-on project chapter, and an appendix of in-depth writing assignments.

The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre


Part 1 The Nature of Theatre
1 The Impulse to Perform: Origins
2 Theatre as a Mirror of Society

Part 2 The Nature of Performance: The Theatre Practitioners
3 The Playwright's Vision
Looking at Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson
4 The Art of the Actor
5 The Director
6 The Designers

Part 3 The Nature of Style: Realism and Theatricalism
7 Understanding Style: Realism
8 Expressing a Worldview through Realism
Looking at And the Soul Shall Dance by Wakako Yamauchi
9 Understanding Style: Theatricalism
10 Expressing a Worldview through Theatricalism
Looking at Angels in America: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner
11 The Musical Theatre

Part 4 The Nature of Drama: Structure and Genre
12 The Elements of Drama and Dramatic Structure
13 Innovations in Dramatic Structure
Looking at Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes
14 Genre
15 The Project

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About the Author

Stephanie Arnold

Stephanie Arnold received her B.A. degree in English from Stanford University and then continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin where she received an M.F.A. degree in directing and a Ph.D. in dramatic literature and theory. Before joining the Lewis & Clark College faculty in 1986, she taught at Mills College and the University of California, Riverside.

Stephanie Arnold teaches acting, directing, and dramatic literature including a special topics course in Latino Theatre. The productions she has directed include works by classical and contemporary playwrights as well as musicals and opera. She is currently at work on the fifth edition of her textbook, The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre, which is published by McGraw-Hill and in use at colleges and universities around the country. She has recently returned from leading the Lewis & Clark College off campus study program to New York City.