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Allan Kaprow

Allan Kaprow  

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(b Atlantic City, NJ, 23 Aug. 1927; d Encinitas, California, 5 Apr. 2006).American artist and art theorist, best known as the main creator of happenings. His studies included a period with the ...
audience control

audience control  

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Throughout the history of the theatre, practitioners have attempted a variety of physical, psychological, and policing strategies to influence, direct, and regulate the audience's experience of ...
Charles Marowitz

Charles Marowitz  

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(b. New York, 26 Jan. 1934)Director and critic. Initially Method-based, Marowitz's work soon embraced Artaud and he co-directed the Royal Shakespeare Company's theatre of cruelty season with Peter ...
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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Although the type of performance represented by the term can be found throughout theatre history, the specific term gained wide

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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555 words

A term coined by *Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the ...

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Arnold Aronson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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587 words

A term coined by the American Richard Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the ...

Frederick Kiesler

Frederick Kiesler  

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(1890–1965).Sculptor and architect. A visionary in treating form and space, he sought continuous, organic, and fluid relationships emblematic of human consciousness. Born in the Austro-Hungarian city ...
Howard Bay

Howard Bay  

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(1912–86)American designer. Bay first came to wide public attention with his innovative designs for the Experimental Wing of the New York branch of the Federal Theatre Project. For the ...
Jerzy Grotowski

Jerzy Grotowski  

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(b. Rzeszów, Poland, 11 Aug. 1933; d. Pontedera, Italy, 14 Jan. 1999)Director. Early productions reveal his study of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Vakhtangov. He engaged in political activity after the ...
Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright  

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(b. Farnsworth, Lancs, 27 June 1958)Playwright. Came to prominence in a rugged promenade production at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs of his first play, Road (1986), a humorous, compassionate ...
Karl-Ernst Herrmann

Karl-Ernst Herrmann  

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(b. Neukirch, Germany, 12 Aug. 1936)Designer. Trained as a hand-weaver, he studied set design in Berlin and then worked in several German theatres during the 1960s. He met Peter ...
La Fura dels Baus

La Fura dels Baus  

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Catalan theatre company founded in 1979. Although emerging from the same street theatre tradition as Comediants and Els Joglars, La Fura embraced the language of urbanism in their fiercely paced ...
Luca Ronconi

Luca Ronconi  

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(b. Sousse, Tunisa, 8 March 1933)Actor and director. He is particularly associated with environmental theatre through his imaginative staging of classic and little-known work, most notably the epic ...
Maria Irene Fornes

Maria Irene Fornes  

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(b. Havana, Cuba, 14 May 1930)Playwright, director and teacher. The quintessential Off-Off-Broadway playwright, she is also the Hispanic American theatre's seminal artist. Hatred of brutality and ...
Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee  

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(b. 1930), designer.The most influential American scenic designer during the last four decades of the 20th century, Lee was born in Shanghai and studied art at Occidental College and ...
Performance Group

Performance Group  

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American theatre group. Inspired by Grotowski's visit to New York in 1967, Richard Schechner (b. 1934), the editor of Tulane Drama Review (1962–9), set up the group to work on ...
promenade performance

promenade performance  

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Performance in which the audience moves between locations, following the action from scene to scene. The earliest examples are in rituals and Western mummers' play traditions, but the technique ...
Richard Schechner

Richard Schechner  

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(1934– )American director and scholar. Schechner was among the first to appreciate and discuss the dimension of performance beyond the strict confines of theatre. He was instrumental in developing ...
Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard  

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(1943– ),American playwright and actor, born in Illinois. Shepard spent four years (from 1971) living in London, where a number of his own plays were produced at the National Theatre and the Royal ...
site-specific theatre

site-specific theatre  

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A term that gained currency in the late twentieth century to describe theatre designed for a specific space or location that is not itself designed for theatrical use. Coming at ...

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