- Focus is on the best professional practice and the most helpful learning processes
- Throughout the book, suggestions are given for students' essays and topics for class discussions
- Theatre history is not summarized, but used to illuminate certain practice
This major introductory textbook is from one of the leading educators working in theatre today. What Is Theatre? will make its reader a better playgoer, responding more fully to performance, with a keener appreciation of all the resources of theatre-acting, design, direction, organization, theatre buildings, and audiences. By focusing on the best professional practice and the most helpful learning processes, Dr. Brown shows how to read a play-text and to see and hear its potential for performance. Throughout this book, suggestions are given for student essays and class discussions, to help both instructor and reader to clarify their thoughts on all aspects of theatre-going.
About the Author:
John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has taught in the past at a variety of colleges, including New York University and Stanford University. For fifteen years he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre in London. He has directed plays in many theatres, including Cincinnati Playhouse, the Empty Space in Seattle, and the Clurman Theatre in New York. His productions have also toured Poland and India. He is also the editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre (0-19-212997-X). Professor Brown has written extensively about theatre, especially Shakespeare and contemporary theatre. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI and East Sussex, England.