Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre

Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre

Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre

Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre


Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre is a lively and accessible biographical guide to the key figures in contemporary drama. All who enjoy the theatre will find their pleasure enhanced and their knowledge extended by this fascinating work of reference. Its distinctive blend of information, analysis and anecdote makes for entertaining and enlightening reading. Hugely influential innovators, household names, and a whole host of less familiar, international figures - all have their lives and careers illuminated by the clear and succinct entries. All professions associated with the theatre are represented here - actors and directors, playwrights and designers. By virtue of the broad range of its coverage, Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre offers a unique insight into the rich diversity of international drama today.


Who's Who in Contemporary World Theatre provides 1,400 entries on currently active theatre artists from 68 countries worldwide. 'Theatre artists' means just that: people who work in the theatre today as actors, directors, designers and dramatists. The book thus expressly excludes artists who work predominantly in the distinct and separate genres of performance art, musical, operetta, opera and dance. The reason for this exclusion is the mere availability of space in view of the fact that each of these genres would merit an independent Who's Who. Some, mainly non-western theatre artists covered in this book cross the boundaries between genres; special attention is drawn to this in the relevant entries.

The contributors for each country have selected artists who are alive and active today. Those artists 'have made it': they are well-known, at least nationally and in many cases internationally, to a wide audience, not only to their peers in the theatre world. Their work has been acclaimed, in many cases praised, in some also controversially discussed. They are regarded as important to the theatre practice at least of their own country, and in many cases have influenced the theatre beyond.

The entries provide factual information on the artists selected: year of birth, nationality, professional training and major achievements of the artists' careers. Some artists decline to reveal their year of birth, accounting for omissions in this category. In some cases, artists have moved between different countries. They are listed under the country in which they spent most of their active careers, with brief indication to their country of birth. Reference to the professional training helps to position and place the artists within their countries. Cross-references to the work of other theatre artists who have a separate entry in the Who's Who are indicated in SMALL CAPITALS. Titles of plays originally written in languages other than English are presented in the original language, followed by an English translation. In some cases, however, the original titles are untranslatable.

In addition to factual information, each entry provides the reader with an insight into the special characteristics of the individual artists: what sets them apart from the rest? What has gained them their status among peers, audiences and critics? In some entries, contributors have quoted from other sources in their . . .

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