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The Enjoyment of Theatre, 7/e

Kenneth M. Cameron

Patti P. Gillespie, University of Maryland

Jim Hunter, University of South Carolina

Jim Patterson, University of South Carolina

The Enjoyment of Theatre’s balanced coverage of performance and history provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to theatre for both majors and non-majors.

This text covers the full span of theatre's 2,500-year history as well as playwriting, acting, directing, and the theatre industry. This seventh edition features major revisions and welcomes two highly respected collaborators from the University of South Carolina to the proven author team of Cameron and Gillespie. Together, the authors make theatre come alive for all students by showing them how theatre is relevant to their everyday lives.

New to this edition:

  • Integrates material on world theatre in a new chapter,Global Theatre,” to emphasize the importance of theatre around the world.
  • Features two 16-page color photo essays with new images and a new design that bring theatre to life for students.
  • Includes over 100 new photos and illustrations throughout the text to reflect the increasingly visual nature of our culture and enhance visual appeal for students.
  • Focuses even more on major theatrical trends to help students understand the impact of theatre throughout time.
  • Reflects the changes in media and the Internet relevant to the study of theatre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205500239
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents


PART I: Locating Theatre, Experiencing Plays: Theory and Criticism

Chapter 1 : Theatre: Performance and Art

Theatre as Performance

Theatre as Art

Theatre as Performing Art

Taking Stock

Key Terms

Chapter 2: Theatre: Cultural Expression, Business, and the Role of Audience

The Nature of Theatre Audiences

Theatre as Cultural Expression: The Role of the Audience

Theatre as Business: The Role of the Audience

Key Terms

Chapter 3: How to Read a Play

Preliminary Work

Play Analysis Using the Parts of the Play

Organizing a Response

Key Terms

Chapter 4: How to See a Play

Preliminary Work

Performance Analysis

Organizing a Response

Key Terms

Chapter 5: Mediators and Gatekeepers





Specialists in Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing


Key Terms

PART II: Today’s Theatre and Its Makers: Theatre Practice

Chapter 6: Making Theatre Today: The Context

Theatre Spaces

Producing Situations in the United States

Theatre Funding

Key Terms

Chapter 7: Playwrights

The Nature of Playwrights and Playwriting

Being a Playwright

Training Playwrights

From Page to Stage: Professional Issues

What Is Good Playwriting?

Key Terms

Chapter 8: Actors

The Nature of Acting

Training Actors

Audition, Rehearsal, and Performance

The Personality of the Actor

What Is Good Acting?

Key Terms

Chapter 9: Directors

The Nature of Directing

The Director at Work

Training Directors

What Is Good Directing?

Key Terms

Chapter 10: Designers and Technicians

The Nature of Design

Designers at Work

Training Designers

What Is Good Design?

Key Terms

PART III: Theatre of Other Times and Places: Theatre History

Theatre: Present and Past

The Sweep of Theatre History

Part IIIa:Facade Stages (534 B.C.E. - c.550 C.E.)

Chapter 11: The Theatre of Greece


Theories of the Origins of Theatre

Traits of Greek Theatre

Plays and Playwrights

Theatre Buildings and Practices

The End of Athens’ Golden Age

Key Terms

Chapter 12: The Theatre of Rome


Roman Festivals and Theatre

Roman Drama

Theatre Buildings, Scenery, Costumes, and Masks


The Empire and the End of Roman Drama

The Breakup of the Empire

Key Terms

Part IIIb: Emblem, Environment, and Simultaneity (c. 950 - c. 1550)

Chapter 13: Theatre in the Middle Ages


Early Medieval Drama and Theatre

Medieval Culture and Theatre, c. 1200–c. 1550

The End of Medieval Religious Theatre: The Transformation of Medieval Secular Theatre

Key Terms

Chapter 14: The Golden Ages of England and Spain


The Renaissance in the North: The Age of Shakespeare

The Closing of English Theatres

The Spanish Golden Age

Theatres in the East

Key Terms

Part IIIc: Illusionism (c. 1550 - 1960)

Chapter 15: The Italian Renaissance

Theatre in Italy

Key Terms

Chapter 16: The Triumph and Decline of Neoclassicism

French Theatre from Its Beginnings through Its Golden Age

English Restoration Theatre and Beyond (1660—c. 1750)

Key Terms

Chapter 17: Successful Failure: Theatre and Reform, 1750 - 1960's


First Wave: Romanticism, 1750–1850

Second Wave: Realism, 1850–1950

Realism and Naturalism: Three Important Leaders

Third Wave: Avant-Gardism, 1890–1960

Avant-Garde Theatres and Movements

Key Terms

Chapter 18: The Rise and Triumph of Commercialism: 1750 - 1960's

What Is Commercialism?

Drama in the Commercial Theatre

Theatres and Production Practices

The Decline of Commercial Theatre

Responses to Commercial Theatre

Key Terms

Chapter 19: Theatre for a New Millennium



The Theatre in America, 1960 and Beyond

Key Terms

Chapter 20: Global Theatre


The East

The Islamic World


Key Terms



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