Working Together in Theatre: Collaboration and Leadership

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9780230239821: Working Together in Theatre: Collaboration and Leadership

Robert Cohen draws on fifty years of acting, directing and teaching experience in order to illustrate how the world's great theatre artists combine collaboration with leadership at all levels, from a production's conception to its final performance. The book provides the techniques, exercises and language that promote collaborative skills.  Working collaboratively is vital to successful theatre making. This readable and practical guide, written by leading author Robert Cohen, provides advice on how successful collaboration can be achieved. Exploring collaboration between a range of theatre artists from Directors to Designers, from Actors to Dramaturgs, Cohen draws on a wide-range of historical context and examples from contemporary professional practice.

Part One is introductory, providing a general overview of the relationship of collaboration and leadership in the theatre and the first rule of theatrical collaboration. Part Two divides theatrical collaboration into four overlapping stages and discusses the means of achieving effective communication at every level.

With activities for classroom use, this book will be essential reading for Theatre students and professionals.

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Robert Cohen draws on fifty years of acting, directing and teaching experience in order to illustrate how the world's great theatre artists combine collaboration with leadership at all levels, from a production's conception to its final performance. This book challenges the notion that creating brilliant theatrical productions requires tyrannical directors or temperamental designers. Viewing the theatrical production process from the perspectives of the producer, director, playwright, actor, designer, stage manager, dramaturg and crew person, Cohen provides the techniques, exercises and language that promote successful collaborative skills in the theatre.

Collaboration is vital to successful theatre making and Working Together in Theatre is the first book to show how leadership and collaboration can be combined to make every theatrical production far greater than the sum of its many parts.

About the Author:

ROBERT COHEN is the Founding Chair of the Drama Department at the University of California, USA, where he now serves as Claire Trevor Professor of Drama. He is also a longtime professional theatre director, playwright and drama critic. He is author of the defining text Acting Power, and many other theatre books including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare and Creative Play Direction. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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