Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary

Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary

Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary

Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary

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""This book should be impressive to aspiring theater arts students as well as to those who simply love theater. Highly recommended for most collections." Library Journal

Excerpt

Theatrical Directors:
A Biographical Dictionary
is a reference book designed primarily for use by students and theatre generalists. Theatrical Directors contains biographical sketches, organized alphabetically, of nearly 300 individuals distinguished for their stage directing and includes not only contemporary directors, but those who are no longer working. Emphasis has been placed upon artists who have established international reputations, especially those whose work has significantly influenced American theatre. In addition, directors whose work may be little known outside of their home countries are included if their work has had a major impact upon the theatre of their homeland. Since this is a one-volume work, however, it is not intended to be exhaustive of the subject; rather, it concentrates upon those directors whose achievements, in the estimation of the editors and the Advisory Board, constitute a significant contribution to Western theatre, although in isolated cases, artists like Tadashi Suzuki have been included because of their extensive work in the United States.

In the selection of the artists included in Theatrical Directors:
A Biographical Dictionary
, the term "director" was interpreted liberally. Thus, this volume includes so-called traditionalists like Peter Hall and José Quintero; auteurs like Vsevolod Meyerhold and Lucian Pintilie; collaborators like Elia Kazan and Joseph Chaikin; experimentalists like Robert Wilson and Shuji Terayama; and extends to directors like Martha Clarke and Pina Bausch whose work borders upon dance, directors like László Moholy-Nagy whose principal contribution was theoretical, and producer-directors like Jed Harris, whose genius lay in mounting productions which achieved commercial success.

Each entry in Theatrical Directors is comprised of three separate sections.

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