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Module Reading List

Performer Training in the C20th and C21st, 2019/20, Semester 2
Prof. Jonathan Pitches
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Text for all students to buy:

Pitches, Jonathan, ed, (2012): Russians in Britain : British Theatre and the Russian Tradition of Actor Training: Abingdon: Routledge

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Online Text for reference throughout the module

Hodge, Alison, ed, (2010): Actor Training 2nd Ed: Oxon: Routledge

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Reader for General Reference

Evans, Mark (2015) The actor training reader, Abingdon: Routledge. -

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Specialist Journal to refer to throughout the module

Theatre, dance and performance training., Routledge, eds Murray and Pitches


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Week 1 Introduction: the languages of performer training

Barker, Clive (1995) 'What Training - for What Theatre? ' New Theatre Quarterly., 11: 42 (May) pp.99-108.

Evans, Mark (2015) The actor training reader, Abingdon: Routledge.

------(2009) Movement training for the modern actor, Abingdon: Routledge.

Keefe, John and Murray, Simon (eds) (2007), Physical theatres : a critical introduction, Oxon: Routledge.

Leach, Robert, (2008) Theatre studies : the basics: Acting, Oxon: Routledge.

Nascimento, Claudia Tatinge (2009) Crossing cultural borders through the actor's work : foreign bodies of knowledge: Abingdon: Routledge

Pitches, Jonathan, (2009) ‘Spinal Snaps: tracing a Backstory of European Actor Training’, in Performance research : a journal of performing arts., 14:2, pp.85-95.

Watson, Ian: (2000) Performer Training: Developments Across Cultures: Introduction, London: Routledge, pp.1-10.

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Week 2 Stanislavsky's passage into the British theatre

Benedetti, Jean (1989):Stanislavski an Introduction, London: Methuen.

Carnicke Sharon (2010), ‘Stanislavsky and Politics: Active Analysis and the American Legacy of Soviet Oppression’, in Ellen Margolis and Lissa Tyler Renaud, eds The politics of American actor training, Abingdon: Routledge, pp.15-30.

Carnicke, Sharon (2009), Stanislavsky in focus : an acting master for the 21st century (2nd Ed), Abingdon: Routledge.

Merlin, Bella (2003):Konstantin Stanislavsky, London: Routledge.

Redgrave, Michael (1995) The actor's ways and means, London: Nick Hern, pp.61-91.

Pitches, Jonathan and Aquilina, Stefan (eds, 2017), Stanislavsky in the world : the system and its transformations across continents ISBN: 9781472587879 (hb) : £75.00; 9781472587886 (pb) : £24.99; 9781472587909 (ePDF); 9781472587893 (ePub),  London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.  

Stanislavsky, Konstantin (2008)An actor's work : a student's diary, trans, Jean Benedetti, Abingdon: Routledge

White, Andrew ed, (2015) The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky, Abingdon: Routledge.

Whyman, Rose (2013) Stanislavski : the basics, Abingdon: Routledge.


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Week 3 Michael Chekhov's Technique

Autant-Matthieu, Marie Christine and Meerzon, Yana, eds, The Routledge companion to Michael Chekhov, Abingdon: Routledge.

Chekhov, Michael (2002), To the actor, Abingdon: Routledge.

Chekhov, Michael (2005) The path of the actor, Abingdon: Routledge.

Chamberlain, Franc (2003), Michael Chekhov, London: Routledge.

Gordon, Mel (1987), The Stanislavsky technique: Russia : a workbook for actors, New York: Applause.

Monday, Mark (2017), Directing with the Michael Chekhov technique : a workbook with video for directors, teachers and actors ISBN: 9781474284035 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781474279635 (hardback : alk. paper); 9781474279642 (ePDF); 9781474279659 (eBook), London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.  

Pitches, Jonathan (2005), Science and the Stanislavsky tradition of acting, Abingdon: Routledge.

Pitches and Shrubsall (1999): Atmosphere, Space, Stasis: Staging Pinter's 'A Kind of Alaska' and 'Mountain Language' using the Techniques of Michael Chekhov, in Studies in theatre production., No. 19, June 1999, pp.36-66. 

Petit, Leonard (2009) The Michael Chekhov handbook : for the actor, Abingdon: Routledge.

Whyman, Rose (2008) The Stanislavsky system of acting : legacy and influence in modern performance, Cambridge: CUP.

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Week 4: Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and its evolution in Britain

Barba, Eugenio, (2003) 'Grandfather, Orphans and the Family Saga of European Theatre', in New Theatre Quarterly, Vol 19, Issue 74, pp. 108-117.

Braun, Edward, ed. (2016) Meyerhold on Theatre (4th Edition), London: Bloomsbury.

Gladkov, Alexsandr (1997): Meyerhold speaks Meyerhold rehearses, London: Harwood Academic.

Law, Alma and Gordon Mel (1996) Meyerhold, Eisenstein and biomechanics : actor training in revolutionary russia New York, McFarlane

Leach, Robert (1989) Vsevolod Meyerhold, Cambridge: CUP.

Leach, Robert (2004), Makers of modern theatre, Abingdon: Routledge.

Pitches, Jonathan (2018) Vsevolod Meyerhold (Revised reissue), Abingdon: Routledge.

Skinner, Amy (2015), Meyerhold and the Cubists : perspectives on painting and performance ISBN: 9781783201914 hardback; 1783201916 hardback, Bristol: Intellect Books.  

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Week 5 Komisarjevsky and the Barnes Theatre, West London

Allen, David (2000): Performing Chekhov, Chapter 9, Theodore Komisarjevsky, London: Routledge, pp. 161-172.

Bartosevich, Alexei (1992) ‘Theodore Komisarjevsky, Chekhov and Shakespeare’ in Wandering stars : Russian emigré theatre, 1905-1940, ed Laurence Senelick, Iowa City: Univ of Iowa Press, pp. 102-115.

Berry, Ralph (1983) "Komisarjevsky at Stratford-upon-Avon", Shakespeare survey. Volume 36: Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century", Eds. Stanley Wells, Cambridge Collections Online, Cambridge University Press, pp.73-85.

Emeljanov, Victor, ed, (1981), Chekhov: the critical heritage, Routledge and Kegan Paul, pp. 295-312 .

Komisarjevsky, Theodore (1929), Myself and the theatre, London: Heinemann.

Komisarjevsky, Theodore (1932), The costume of the theatre, by Theodore Komisarjevsky, New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Komisarjevsky, Theodore (1935), The The theatre and a changing civilisation, by Theodore Komisarjevsky, London: Bodley Head Co.

Komisarjevsky, Theodore and Simonson, Lee (1933): Settings & costumes of the modern stage, London: Studio Publications.

Mullin, Michael, (1974) ‘Augures and Understood Relations: Theodore Komisarjevsky's "Macbeth"’, Educational Theatre Journal, 26:1 pp. 20-30.

Pitches, Jonathan, ed. (2018) The great European stage directors set 1 : volumes 1-4, pre-1950, Simon Shepherd. ISBN: 9781474254113 Vol 3: Copeau, Komisarjevsky, Guthrie London, Bloomsbury. 

Senelick, Laurence, (1999) The Chekhov theatre : a century of the plays in performance, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. .

Tracy, Robert, (1993), 'Komisarjevsky's 1926 Three Sisters' in Chekhov on the British stage, ed, Patrick Miles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 65-77 .

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Week 7 Maria Knebel: Conduit or Practitioner?

Carnicke Sharon (2010), ‘Stanislavsky and Politics: Active Analysis and the American Legacy of Soviet Oppression’, in Ellen Margolis and Lissa Tyler Renaud, eds The politics of American actor training, Abingdon: Routledge, pp.15-30.

Carnicke, Sharon (2010) ‘The Knebel Technique: Active Analysis in Practice’ in Alison Hodge. Ed Actor training: Abingdon: Routledge, pp.99-116.

Jackson, David (2011) ‘21st century Russian actor training: Active analysis in the UK’, in Theatre, dance and performance training, 2:1, pp.166-80.

Pitches, Jonathan (2007) Towards a Platonic Paradigm of Performer Training: Michael Chekhov and Anatoly Vasiliev, in Contemporary theatre review. Vol. 17 Issue 1, pp. 28-40,

Thomas, James (2016) A director's guide to Stanislavsky's active analysis : including the formative essay on active analysis by Maria Knebel ISBN: 9781474256599 (pbk.); 9781474256582 (hardback); 9781474256605 (ePDF); 9781474256629 (ePUB), London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.  

White, Andrew (2005) A Director Rehearses: An Interview with Arthur Penn New England theatre journal.; 2005; pp. 43-59. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 05/01/2018) 

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Week 8: Joan Littlewood

Barker, Clive (2003) 'Closing Joan's Book: Some Personal Footnotes' in New Theatre Quarterly. 19:2:74 (May) pp. 99-107.

Holdsworth, Nadine (2006) Joan Littlewood, Abingdon: Routledge.

Keefe and Murray (eds): Physical theatres : a critical reader: Routledge, pp.95-6.

Leach, Robert, (2006) Theatre Workshop : Joan Littlewood and the making of modern British theatre, Exeter: Exeter Univ, Press.

Paget, Derek, (2004) Case Study: Theatre Workshop's Oh What A Lovely War in Baz Kershaw (ed) The Cambridge history of British theatre, Cambridge: CUP, pp.397-411.

Rankin, Peter (2014)  Joan Littlewood : dreams and realities ISBN: 9781783195831 (e-book): The Official Biography, London: Oberon.  

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Week 9: Vakhtangov and Strasberg: Russian Training in the US

Bartow, Arthur, ed, (2006) Training of the American actor, New York, TCG.

Gordon, Mel (2010) Stanislavsky in America: a workbook for actors, Abingdon: Routledge.

Hethmon, Robert H. (ed.) (1966), Strasberg at the Actors Studio: tape recorded sessions, London: Jonathan Cape.

Krasner, David (2000) Method acting reconsidered: theory, practice, future, New York: Macmillan.

Malaev-Babel, Andrei (2013) Yevgeny Vakhtangov: Abingdon: Routledge.

Malaev-Babel, Andrei (2011) The Vakhtangov sourcebook, Abingdon: Routledge.

Malague, Rosemary (2012) An actress prepares : women and "the Method" ISBN: 9780415681575 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9780415681568 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415681561 (hbk.) : £75.00; 041568157X (pbk.) : £19.99; 9780203144671 (ebook) : No price; 0203144678 (ebook) : No price. Abingdon: Routledge

Marc Gordon, Salvaging Strasberg at the Fin de Siecle in Method acting reconsidered : theory, practice, future, ed David Krasner, Basingstoke, Macmillan: 2000, pp.43-60.

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Week 10: Actor training in contemporary Britain

Camilleri, Frank (2019) Performer training reconfigured : post-psychophysical perspectives for the twenty-first century ISBN: 9781350060180 (hbk.) : £75.00, Abingdon: Routledge

Donnellan, Declan(2005) The actor and the target, London: Nick Hern Books, pp. 12-29

Mitchell, Katie (2009) The director's craft : a handbook for the theatre: Abingdon: Routledge

Pitches, Jonathan (2019) 'Simultaneity and asynchronicity in performer training: a case study of Massive Open Online Courses as training tools' in Time and performer training ISBN: 9780815396284 (paperback : alk. paper); 9780815396277 (hardback : alk. paper); 9781351180368 (ebook); 9781351180351 (Adobe Reader); 9781351180344 (ePub3); 9781351180337 (mobipocket unencrypted), eds Evans, Thomaidis and Worth Abingdon: Routledge.

Shevtsova, Maria (2006) ‘On Directing: a Conversation with Katie Mitchell’, in New Theatre Quarterly, 22:1, February, pp.3-18

Spatz, Ben (2015) What a body can do : technique as knowledge, practice as research ISBN: 9781138854109 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781138854093 (hardback : alk. paper); 9781315722344, Abingdon: Routledge 

Rebellato, Dan (2010) ‘Katie Mitchell: Learning from Europe’ in Contemporary European theatre directors, eds Maria Delgado and Dan and Rebellato, Oxon Routledge pp. 317-338.

This list was last updated on 18/01/2019