This brief edition combines a thorough study of the elements of theatre with a brief look at theatrical history and contemporary theatre. It is designed for use in courses also requiring students to read play scripts. It grounds students in the elements by examining the interplay between the audience, the critics, performers, directors, playwrights, designers, and the genres. The book covers various national theatres, such as those from Japan, Spain and India, and integrates effective pedagogical aids, such as you-are-there vignettes and timelines opening each historical chapter, learning objectives, chapter summaries, and a glossary.
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Edwin Wilson, as teacher, author, director, and critic, has worked in many aspects of theater. Educated at Vanderbilt University, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University, he received a master of fine arts degree from the Yale Drama School, as well as the first doctor of fine arts degree awarded by Yale. He has taught at Yale, Hofstra, Vanderbilt, Hunter College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter he served as chair of the Department of Theatre and Film and head of the graduate theater program. At CUNY he directed the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center devoted to theater research, publication, and communication. From 1972 to 1994 he was the theater critic of The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Theater Experience and a co-author, with Alvin Goldfarb, of Living Theatre: A History, as well as coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theater; all published by McGraw-Hill. He edited and wrote the introduction for Shaw on Shakespeare. He has been a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, of which he served as president, and has been on the selection committees of the Pulitzer Prize in drama and the Tony awards. He serves on the board of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the John Golden Fund, and has for many years served on the board of the Theatre Development Fund, of which he was president for two terms. Alvin Goldfarb is President and Professor of Theatre at Western Illinois University. Dr. Goldfarb also served as vice president and provost, dean of Fine Arts, and chair of Theatre at Illinois State University. Dr. Goldfarb holds a Ph.D. in theater history from the City University of New York and a master's degree from Hunter College. He is the coauthor of Living Theatre:A History and coeditor of The Anthology of Living Theater with Edwin Wilson. Dr. Goldfarb is also the coeditor, with Rebecca Rovit, of Theatrical Performance during the Holocaust: Texts, Documents, Memoirs, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. He has published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals and anthologies. Dr. Goldfarb served as a member of the Illinois Arts Council and president of the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education. He has received service awards from the latter organization as well as from the American College Theater Festival. Dr. Goldfarb also received an Alumni Achievement Award from the City University of New York Graduate Center's Alumni Association.
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