Jacques Copeau and the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier

Copeau, Jacques

Jacques Copeau (zhäk kôpō´), 1879–1949, French theatrical producer and critic. A founder (1909) and editor (1912–14) of the Nouvelle Revue française, he established the experimental Théâtre du Vieux Colombier in Paris (1913–24) in order to produce poetic drama of artistic worth. Ever in search of a more truthful and direct performance style, Copeau was an influential figure in the modern theater. He encouraged many young dramatists and actors and also introduced the use of symbolic scene design.

See W. Fowlie, Dionysus in Paris (1960).

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Jacques Copeau and the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier: Selected full-text books and articles

Jacques Copeau: Biography of a Theater By Maurice Kurtz Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
The Reign of the Theatrical Director: French Theatre, 1887-1924 By Bettina L. Knapp Whitston, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Part III "Jacques Copeau -- The Theatre du Vieux-Colombier (1913-1924)"
The Simple Stage: Its Origins in the Modern American Theater By Arthur Feinsod Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Jacques Copeau's Theatre du Vieux-Colombier" begins on p. 42
The Independent Theatre in Europe, 1887 to the Present By Anna Irene Miller Ray Long & Rihcard R. Smith, 1931
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Jacques Copeau and the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier begins on p. 77
Directors on Directing: A Source Book of the Modern Theater By Toby Cole; Helen Krich Chinoy Bobbs-Merrill, 1963 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Jacques Copeau (1878-1949)" begins on p. 214
The Contemporary French Theatre: The Flight from Naturalism By Joseph Chiari Camelot Press, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Jacques Copeau"
Dionysus in Paris: A Guide to Contemporary French Theater By Wallace Fowlie Meridian Books, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Jacques Copeau begins on p. 37
FREE! The Popular Theatre By George Jean Nathan A. A. Knopf, 1918
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Its Adaptation and Its Copeaus"
The Mime By Jean Dorey; Etienne Decroux; Jean-Louis Barrault; Marcel Marceau; Robert Speller; Pierre De Fontnouvelle R. Speller, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "The Ecole du Vieux-Colombier" begins on p. 6
Louis Jouvet, Man of the Theatre By Bettina Liebowitz Knapp Columbia University Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Jouvet and the Vieux-Colombier 1913-1922" begins on p. 22
From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism By Philip Auslander Routledge, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Communal Theatre: Copeau and Brook" begins on p. 16
Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook By John Rudlin Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Copeau’s New Improvised Comedy" begins on p. 177
Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary By John W. Frick; Stephen M. Vallillo Greenwood, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Jacques Copeau begins on p. 87
Jacques Lecoq By Simon Murray Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Copeau and Artaud: A Complex Legacy" begins on p. 28
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