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The Creative Spirit includes complete scripts of five plays: August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Wakako Yamauchi's And the Soul Shall Dance, Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Milcha Sanchez Scott's Dog Lady, and Sam Shepard's Buried Child.

Author Biography

Stephanie Arnold received her B.A. degree in English from Stanford University and then continued her studies at the University of Wisconsin where she received an M.F.A. degree in directing and a Ph.D. in dramatic literature and theory. Before joining the Lewis & Clark College faculty in 1986, she taught at Mills College and the University of California, Riverside.

Stephanie Arnold teaches acting, directing, and dramatic literature including a special topics course in Latino Theatre. The productions she has directed include works by classical and contemporary playwrights as well as musicals and opera. She is currently at work on the fifth edition of her textbook, The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre, which is published by McGraw-Hill and in use at colleges and universities around the country. She has recently returned from leading the Lewis & Clark College off campus study program to New York City.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Nature of Theatre

Chapter 1. The Impulse to Perform: Origins

Chapter 2. The Theatre as a Mirror of Society

Part Two: The Nature of Performance: The Theatre Practitioners

Chapter 3. The Playwright's Vision

Chapter 4. The Art of the Actor

Chapter 5. The Director

Chapter 6. The Designers

Part Three: The Nature of Style: Realism and Theatricalism

Chapter 7. Understanding Style: Realism

Chapter 8. Expressing a Worldview Through Realism

Chapter 9. Understanding Style: Theatricalism

Chapter 10. Expressing a Worldview Through Theatricalism

Chapter 11. The Musical Theatre

Part Four: The Nature of Drama: Structure and Genre

Chapter 12. The Elements of Drama and Dramatic Structure

Chapter 13. Genre

Chapter 14. Choosing a Genre: Comedy

Chapter 15. The Project

Appendix: Guided Writing Assignments





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