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Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance

The Rise of Women Theatre Artists in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Editors: Syssoyeva, Kathryn Mederos, Proudfit, Scott (Eds.)

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This book explores the role and centrality of women in the development of collaborative theatre practice, alongside the significance of collective creation and devising in the development of the modern theatre.

Tracing a web of women theatremakers in Europe and North America, this book explores the connections between early twentieth century collective theatre practices such as workers theatre and the dramatic play movement, and the subsequent spread of theatrical devising. Chapters investigate the work of the Settlement Houses, total theatre in 1920s’ France, the mid-century avant-garde and New Left collectives, the nomadic performances of Europe’s transnational theatre troupes, street-theatre protests, and contemporary devising. In so doing, the book further elucidates a history of modern theatre begun in A History of Collective Creation (2013) and Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance (2013), in which the seemingly marginal and disparate practices of collective creation and devising are revealed as central—and women theatremakers revealed as progenitors of these practices.

About the authors

A theatre director, teacher and scholar, Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva’s publications include A History of Collective Creation and Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance (2013). Work in development includes Meyerhold and Stanislavsky at Povarskaya Street: Art, Money, Politics, and the Birth of Laboratory Theatre.

 

Scott Proudfit is Assistant Professor in English at Elon University, USA. Previously, he worked as an editor for Back Stage and Back Stage West, while collaborating with the Actors’ Gang, the Factory Theater, and Irondale Ensemble Project.  He was associate editor of A History of Collective Creation and Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance (2013). 

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“This ground-breaking collection on women’s often obscured contributions within theatrical models of collective creation is an urgent addition to studies of collaborative theatre practice in all its forms and national manifestations and will be required reading for all working in this area. It rigorously traces complex genealogies of influence across professional, amateur and educational theatre as driven by female theatre-makers.” (Charlotte McIvor, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, and co-editor, Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice)

“Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance is a welcome exploration of the extensive contribution of women to devised theatre practices. This volume expertly unpacks the deep and often under-exposed world of collective creation and the female-driven underpinnings and lineage that inform the entire movement.  It is exciting to see this performance history and chain of influence so ingeniously displayed. This new work will prove invaluable to practitioners and scholars alike.” (Katharine Noon, Artistic Director, The Ghost Road Company, and Professor, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Loyola Marymount University, USA)

Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Toward a New History of Women in the Modern Theatre – an Introduction

    Syssoyeva, Kathryn Mederos (et al.)

    Pages 3-28

  • Raising the Curtain on Suzanne Bing’s Life in the Theatre

    Baldwin, Jane

    Pages 29-50

  • From Neva Boyd to Viola Spolin: How Social Group Work in 1920s’ Settlement Houses Defined Collective Creation in 1960s’ Theatres

    Proudfit, Scott

    Pages 51-65

  • A Democratic Legacy: Hallie Flanagan and the Vassar Experimental Theatre

    Osborne, Elizabeth A.

    Pages 67-80

  • Alexandra Remizova: An “Actors’ Director”

    Malaev-Babel, Andrei

    Pages 81-97

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55013-2
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95646-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Women Theatre Artists in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Editors
  • Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva
  • Scott Proudfit
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55013-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55013-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60327-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95646-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 348
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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