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Who Is in the Room?: Queer Strategies for Redefining the Role of the Theater Director (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

Who Is in the Room?: Queer Strategies for Redefining the Role of the Theater Director (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

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Publication Date: September 25th, 2024
Publisher:
Routledge
ISBN:
9781032181974
Pages:
168

Description

With this book, Brooke O'Harra takes up directing as an artistic practice in and of itself. Speaking beyond and against craft, O'Harra drives the art of directing forward.

O'Harra investigates a series of important questions: How do we wrest our work from institutional imperatives of public building and culture building? How can an artist-driven discourse lead us toward the urgencies of artists and their publics in this moment? How do we "make" plays? How do we activate the relationships of making, whether between artists in the rehearsal room or between the production and the audience? Brooke addresses all aspects of the directorial process: reckoning with the script through dramaturgy, working within the rehearsal room, collaborating with other artists, as well as staging and production.

This exploration will be of great interest to students and scholars in performance studies with a particular interest in directing.

About the Author

Brooke O'Harra teaches acting and directing, queer performance practices and experimental playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.