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Theatre: Its Art and Craft is intended for use in theatre appreciation and introduction to theatre courses. This new edition features updated statistics and references that keep the text current.
The first chapter of the text introduces readers to the broad issues of artistic practice, while the second chapter inspects the specific area of live theatre. The remainder of chapters examine in detail the various functionaries of the theatre (audience, critics, playwrights, directors, actors, designers, historians, and dramaturgs).
As in previous volumes, readers are encouraged to examine the complex interaction of all theatrical elements. Just as in music some instruments supply the basic structure and some embellish that structure, so in the theatre the elements of script, directing, acting, and design interact in shifting configurations to offer a new work of art at every performance. Examining these relationships will enrich the theatrical experience.
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Stephen M. Archer is Professor Emeritus of Theatre History at University of Missouri–Columbia. Among his published works are American Actors and Acting: A Guide to Information Sources, How Theatre Happens, and Junius Brutus Booth: Theatrical Prometheus. His articles and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre History Studies, and other journals.

Cynthia M. Gendrich teaches acting, directing, introduction to theatre, and dramatic literature at Wake Forest University. Recent Wake Forest productions she's directed include Off the Map, A Lie of the Mind, and The Marriage of Bette & Boo. Interested in acting and directing history, theory, and practice, she publishes and directs regularly. Recent articles include, Noise and Nudity: Kyoto's dumb type in Theatre Forum, and several articles on the Madrid theatre scene.

Woodrow B. Hood is associate professor of theatre arts at Catawba College.

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