A comprehensive look at what theatre people do in pursuit of their careers and dreams. A must-have book for every theatre student and all the friends and family of theatre people.
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About the Author
Spanning 40 years, the author has worked on some 125 shows in educational, community, regional, stock, dinner theatre, Off-Off & Off Broadway, on tour in every state and nine different countries, as well as several T.V. shows, rock concerts and special events. He has worked as either an actor, stage manager, dresser, electrician, carpenter or prop man on 30+ Broadway shows including "Cats," "Phantom," "Les Miserables" and "The Lion King." He has also designed, directed and produced for theatre and dance, and is the author of a play about the Lincolns entitled: "Abraham and Mary."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bo Metzler actually accomplishes what seems to be an impossible task: writing a book that is fun and informative for people at every stage of their theatrical careers, from the absolute beginner to the Broadway veteran (or even for theatre people to share with our families to help them understand what our world is all about). "What We Do" should certainly be required reading in every "Introduction to the Theatre" class to inform students about all the different types of jobs available to them in the theatre and how all those various jobs work together. But the book is by no means just for students: I've performed in principal roles on Broadway for three and a half years and yet there were many things I understood much better (or for the first time!) after reading Mr. Metzler's very entertaining book.
Bo Metzler's "What We Do" is the new essential book for everyone who is interested in show business, would like to be in show business, or who, like me, has been in show business all their lives. Seasoned professional or not, you'll learn new, valuable things about this industry.
Everyone in show business has been asked by family & friends, "So what exactly is it that you do?" Metzler, having experienced this, has written a book detailing the heirarchy of theater--a "who does what" approach that will inform novice and old pro alike.
There have been a lot of books about how to be a good producer, good director, good actor--but to my knowledge there has never been a compendium which outlines the basic responsibilities of everyone who works in theater.
Along with being a director and producer and actor in theater as generally defined, I am also a director with Rehabilitation Through the Arts--the breakthrough theater program taught in New York's maximum and medium security prisons. The process of theater--from writing to full production--is the most powerful rehabilitative tool I know. The people in our programs change the direction of their lives simply through the process of studying acting and putting on a production right in the middle of a big prison. I am using "What We Do" as the text for a class I'm teaching in a prison this winter. I know that learning about the structure of theater organization in this way is going to have a great effect on our future productions.
I hope that "What We Do" becomes an industry standard.