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A revision of the number one textbook for the introduction to theater appreciation market,this edition provides up-to-date coverage while maintaining the qualities that have made The Theater Experience a proven success with students and teachers: a non-historical,audience-centered approach,crystal clear presentation,lavish illustration program,and user-friendly organization.
Edwin Wilson, as a teacher, author, critic, and director, has worked in many aspects of theatre. Educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by the Yale Drama School. He has taught at Yale, Hofstra, Vanderbilt, Hunter College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter he served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Film and head of the graduate theatre pro- gram. At CUNY he was the Executive Director of the Segal Theatre Center. He was the theatre critic for The Wall Street Journal for 22 years and edited and wrote the introduction for Shaw on Shakespeare. He is the author of The Theatre Experience and a coauthor, with Alvin Goldfarb, of Living Theatre, Theatre: The Lively Art, and as coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theatre, all published by McGraw-Hill. He has served as president of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, as well as a member of the selection committees of the Pulitzer Prize in drama and the Tony awards. He is currently on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the John Golden Fund, and for many years was on the board of the Theatre Development Fund, of which he served as president. Wilson served as assistant to the producer for the film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook and the Broadway play Big Fish, Little Fish directed by John Gielgud, was resident director for a season at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and the executive producer of the film The Nashville Sound. He co-produced the Broadway play Agatha Sue, I Love You, directed by George Abbott.