THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE makes theatre appreciation personal, meaningful, and memorable by exploring the many ways theatre plays an important role in everyday life. From movies, concerts, and videogames to weddings, graduations, and job interviews, aspects of production and performance strongly influence popular culture and shape many of our daily experiences. THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE vividly illuminates these connections while providing a thorough introduction to the history, elements, and global diversity of theatre. Written in an enjoyable, conversational style, this book will deepen your understanding and appreciation of theatre as you recognize and reflect on its impact on your life.
Robert Barton is a professor emeritus in acting at the University of Oregon and has also taught for the American Heritage Association in London. He has acted in most of the plays of Shakespeare and directed half of them. He is a prolific author, whose works include the books ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF (soon to be issued in its seventh edition); STYLE FOR ACTORS and VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), both recently published in updated editions; and the new text ACTING REFRAMES: USING NLP TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS IN AND OUT OF THE THEATRE. He most recently served as editor and adaptor of the 21st Century edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. Robert is recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival. He has numerous articles in scholarly journals, and his regular column, "Many Right Ways," appears in each edition of Voice & Speech Review.
Annie McGregor teaches script analysis and history/literature/criticism at The Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre, where she is currently Head of the BA Theatre program. She has received the Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence and the College of Arts and Architecture Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a sometime actor, with her most recent and most favorite role being Jean in "After Mrs. Rochester," at the University of Oregon in its West Coast premiere. She is a regular dramaturg; her most recent projects include "Mother Courage and Her Children" and "Pentecost." She is increasingly intrigued by the world of online teaching, after the successful launch and continued success of her Art of the Theatre web course. She also continues to direct projects, with her latest offerings being "The Odyssey" and "Arabian Nights," both by her favorite playwright Mary Zimmerman.
Preface. Part I: WHAT IS THEATRE? 1. Anticipation. 2. Origins. Dramatic Interlude: Love. Expansions. Part II: WHO DOES THEATRE? 3. Storytellers and Stories. 4. Actors and Directors. Dramatic Interlude: War. Expansions. 5. Designers. 6. The Production Team. Dramatic Interlude: Generations. Expansions. Part III: HOW DID THEATRE EVOLVE? 7. Early Stages. 8. Middle Stages. Dramatic Interlude: Rebellion. Expansions. Part IV: HOW DOES THEATRE VARY? 9. Varieties of Realism. 10. Varieties of Stylization. Dramatic Interlude: Dreams. Expansions. Part V: WHERE IS THEATRE NOW? 11. Contemporary Voices. 12. Criticism and Connections. Dramatic Interlude: Values. Expansions.