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This book seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theatre. Like any other world—be it horse racing, fashion, or politics—understanding its complexities helps you appreciate it on a deeper plane. The intent of this book is not to strip away the feeling of magic that can happen in the presence of theatre but to add an element of wonder for the artistry that makes it work. At the same time, you can better understand how theatre seeks to reveal truths about the human condition; explores issues of ethics, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and spirituality; and exists as a representation of the culture at large.



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Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies


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Contributors to this volume:

Kevin Browne is an associate professor of theatre at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Browne has nearly thirty years of experience in both the professional and academic worlds as a performing artist, director, and teacher. He has performed in film and television, off-off Broadway, in professional tours, in summer stock, and in academic theatres.

Margaret R. Butler is an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Florida. Her book Operatic Reform in Turin: Aspects of Production and Stylistic Change in the 1760s was based on research she conducted as a Fulbright Fellow. Dr. Butler has contributed to the Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music, and her articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Cambridge Opera Journal, Eighteenth-Century Music, and Music in Art: International Journal for Musical Iconography.

Jim Davis is an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University, where he directs plays and has created numerous solo and ensemble works for puppet theatre. Dr. Davis has worked with a variety of arts organizations, including the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Chicago Historical Society, the Mississippi River Museum, Blackhawk Children’s Theatre, and Horizon Youth Theatre. His research has been featured in Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs, in the reference work Graphic Novels, and at numerous national academic conferences.

Kasendra Djuren is a freelance lighting and scenic designer. She has designed shows at Concordia University, Brevard College, Minnetonka Performing Arts Center, Missouri State University, and the Helen Hocker Performing Arts Center. She also has taught courses such as stagecraft, script analysis, and introduction to theatre.

Jeremy Fiebig is an assistant professor of theatre at Fayetteville State University and a graduate of the Mary Baldwin College/American Shakespeare Center program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance. A director, designer, and scholar-practitioner, Professor Fiebig serves as editor-in-chief for The Shakespeare Standard and is the managing director and co-director of education at Fayetteville’s Gilbert Theater.

Stacey Galloway is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Florida and a freelance costume designer, assistant, and technician. She has worked at theatres such as Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Papermill Playhouse, Playwright’s Horizons, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Yale Repertory, and La Jolla Playhouse.

Michelle Hayford is an assistant professor of theatre at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she teaches performance theory as well as directing original ensemble productions based on interview narratives. These ethnodramas combine Dr. Hayford’s passion for creating live plays with utilizing the craft of theatre as a necessary response to community and civic engagement.

Mark E. Mallett is an associate professor of theatre at Richard Stockton College, where he heads the design and production programs. Dr. Mallett has presented research findings to the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and has published articles in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Symposium.

Charlie Mitchell is an assistant professor of theatre at the University of Florida, where he teaches introductory theatre and improvisation. For three years, he was an artistic associate and company member of the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and he has worked as an actor and director for a variety of theatres in New York City, Chicago, and Baltimore. In addition to his teaching and production work, Dr. Mitchell is the author of Shakespeare and Public Execution and coedited Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays.

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