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Adrian Noble

Adrian Noble  

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(1950– )English director. Noble began working at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980, and was its artistic director from 1991 to 2003. Almost all his work since 1982 was for ...
Al- Warsha Theatre Company

Al- Warsha Theatre Company  

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Egyptian troupe, founded in 1987 by Hassan El-Geretly (its artistic director). Al-Warsha (Arabic for ‘workshop’) was the first and most financially secure of the non-commercial, independent companies ...
Alan Schneider

Alan Schneider  

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(1917–84),American director, born in Russia. He made his Broadway début in 1948, but though he directed Broadway hits he spent most of his career promoting works of less obvious ...
Aleksei Popov

Aleksei Popov  

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(1892–1961)Russian/Soviet director whose career began at the Moscow Art Theatre First Studio (1912–18) before he took up a director's post at the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1923, staging plays by ...
Alexandre Benois

Alexandre Benois  

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(b St Petersburg, 4 May 1870; d Paris, 9 Feb. 1960)Russian painter and designer. One of the key figures of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Like Diaghilev he studied law at the University of St Petersburg ...
Algiers

Algiers  

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(Al-Djazair)Capital of Algeria and centre of its political, economic, social, and cultural life. A major port, Algiers was always open to outside influences, and its modern theatre developed, like ...
American Conservatory Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre  

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(ACT)Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball, it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater in 1967 ...
American Shakespeare Theatre

American Shakespeare Theatre  

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Founded in 1951 in Stratford, Connecticut by Lawrence Langner as the American Shakespeare Festival Theater and Academy, it built its own theatre, loosely based externally on drawings of London's ...
Anatoly Efros

Anatoly Efros  

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(1925–87)Soviet/Russian director. In 1963 Efros led the Theatre of the Lenin Komsomol, where he created a repertoire largely based on contemporary drama, provoking political controversy with a number ...
ancient Greek theatre

ancient Greek theatre  

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1. Origins of theatre in Greece; 2. Late Archaic and Classical Greek theatre (508–317 bc); 3. Hellenistic theatre (317–86 bc); 4. Greek theatre under the Roman Empire (86 bc–ad 692); 5. Greek ...
André Bishop

André Bishop  

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(1949– )American manager and arts administrator. After a brief and undistinguished career as an actor, Bishop became literary manager at Playwrights Horizons, an active Off-Broadway company. He ...
Andrea Breth

Andrea Breth  

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(1952– )German director. Breth's breakthrough came in 1983 with a production of García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba in Freiburg. From 1986 to 1990 she was director-in-residence in Bochum ...
Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart  

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(1953– )American director. Bogart's early work was influenced by postmodern dance and by several stays in Germany, from which she returned intent on exploring American forms, themes, and writers. She ...
Annie Horniman

Annie Horniman  

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(1860–1937),a pioneer supporter of the modern English drama, founder of the Manchester Repertory Theatre. By her generous assistance the Irish National Theatre Society was provided with a permanent ...
Antoine Vitez

Antoine Vitez  

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(b. Paris, 20 Dec. 1930; d. Paris, 30 April 1990)Actor, director and teacher. A student of Russian and Greek, he became a communist, wrote for Bref, the journal of ...
Arena Stage

Arena Stage  

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Washington, DC, non-profit theatre founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler. The group occupied an adapted cinema until 1955, when it moved to a discused brewery, the Old Vat. The first ...
Arkady Raikin

Arkady Raikin  

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(1911–88)Russian/Soviet cabaret artist whose career began in 1938 in a competition for variety performers, after which his talents as mime artist and master of ceremonies soon made an impression. ...
ARTEF

ARTEF  

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Acronym for Arbeiter Teater Farband (Workers' Theatre Alliance), a Yiddish-language left-wing theatre which operated in New York from 1925 to 1940. ARTEF distinguished itself from other Workers' ...
Arvin Brown

Arvin Brown  

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(b. 1940), director and manager.He was born in Los Angeles and studied at Stanford, Harvard, the University of Bristol (England), and at the Yale School of Drama. Brown has ...
Asaad Fudda

Asaad Fudda  

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(1938– )Syrian director and actor. After study at Cairo University, he became artistic director of the National Theatre in Damascus, then director general of theatre and music in Syria. He ...

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