American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- University of Illinois Press
Presenting a historical overview of female stage directors in the United States, this valuable reference tool focuses on fifty women who have made significant contributions to professional directing during the twentieth century. Anne Fliotsos and Wendy Vierow collect biographical details and important directing data on each woman, including information on training and career path, notable productions, critical reception, directing style, major awards, and bibliographic materials. Insightful commentary from the directors themselves also provides rich details on the theatre business and working process. This collection recognizes the much overlooked contributions of women directors and is an essential introductory tool for students and researchers of American theatre.
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Anne Fliotsos is an associate professor of theatre at Purdue University. An active scholar who also directs, she is coeditor of Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education. Wendy Vierow is an educator and freelance writer and editor who holds a doctorate in performance studies. She has written and directed performance art at numerous New York City venues and has performed in works shown internationally.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a first: no one has ever written a book solely on women theatre directors before. From Minnie Maddern Fiske (b. 1865) to Tina Landau (b. 1962), Vierow and Fliotsos have written fascinating essays on fifty women's careers in directing for the stage. What is unique about these accounts is that they focus on the subjects' accomplishments as a director rather than on some of their other better-known achievements. For example, much has been written about Ellen Stewart as the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, but never before has anyone explored in depth her innovative skill as a stage director. In each essay, the authors describe not only the subject's career history, but also her individual approach to the craft. Reading through the lives and accomplishments of these women is not only interesting, but also inspiring. American Women Stage Directors is a must-have for anyone interested in theatre, women's studies, or the creative process.