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Text and reference books

A wide variety of texts and resource materials can be used as sources of information about Drama. Book suppliers and publishers are able to provide information regarding current publications.

Boal, A 1992, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Routledge, London.

The games, methods and techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, including image theatre, forum theatre and invisible theatre.

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Brockett, O 2010 (10th edn), The Essential Theatre, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Austin, Texas.

This book has established a reputation as one of the most comprehensive, authoritative surveys of the theatre in academia. The current edition is in full-colour and includes many representations of current and classic performances.

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Brown, P (ed.) 2010, Verbatim: Staging memory and community, Currency Press, Sydney.

This book is intended for teachers and students studying and making verbatim theatre at senior high school level. It explores the key challenges of verbatim theatre and includes an overview of verbatim and documentary theatre practices, analysis and exercises, workshops for exploring themes and issues, a selection of plays and interviews with their creators.

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Carroll, J, Anderson, M & Cameron, D 2006, Real Players? Drama, technology and education, Trentham Books Ltd, Stoke on Trent, UK.

Brings together the performance world of educational drama and the real-world digital environment inhabited by many young people. This book illustrates the dramatic conventions drama teachers can bring to using interactive and online performance in their classrooms.

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Carter, D 2005, Racing Against Time: The actor’s handbook for working in film and television, Currency Press, Sydney.

A short course in surviving the casting process in film and television through to post-production. This manual provides practical hints and valuable insights for actors working in film and television.

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Gration, S & Peelgrane, N 2008, Commedia Oz: Playing Commedia in contemporary Australia, Currency Press, Sydney.

A training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors designed to assist in the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context. Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia, suggestions for modern interpretations, activities and exercises, the role of the director and the actor's journal, training actors, a professional script, and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

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Kishawi, T 2010, Teaching Commedia dell'Arte, Lightwire Theatrical Productions, Australia.

The book is designed to give students a well-rounded knowledge of Commedia characters, status relationships and scenarios.

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Linklater, K 1976, Freeing the Natural Voice, Drama Book Publishers, New York.

Describes the mechanics of the voice and obstacles of spontaneous, effective vocal expression and details exercises for developing and strengthening the voice as a human and actor's instrument.

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McGaw, C, Clark, L & Stilson, KL 2004, Acting is Believing: A basic method, Thompson Wadsworth, Belmont, California.

A comprehensive interpretation of Stanislavski’s acting theory aimed at the undergraduate. Chapters include approaches to learning acting, approaching the creative state, auditioning, and suggested plays for scene work.

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Nicholson, H 2000, Teaching Drama 11–18, “Introduction: Dramatic practices and pedagogic principles”, Continuum, London.

A comprehensive guide to drama teaching, including case studies and practical examples, that aims to prepare the reader to develop subject knowledge, plan courses, manage classrooms, and monitor and assess work. In addition, the book explains ways pre-service and newly qualified teachers can work with mentors for shared benefit.

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O’Neill, C 1995, Drama Worlds: A framework for process drama, Heinemann, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Examines and analyses process drama and its significance as a legitimate form of theatre. The connection between drama elements and conventions in process drama and their application in theatre texts provides a rich source of ideas for structuring drama work.

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O’Toole, J 1992, The Process of Drama: Negotiating art and meaning, Routledge, London.

Demonstrates how dramatic meaning emerges, shaped by its multiple contexts, and illuminates the importance of all the participants to the dramatic process. It provides a unique model of the elements of drama in context and explains how these are negotiated to produce dramatic art.

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Pickering, K 2005, Key Concepts in Drama and Performance, Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire.

Provides an explanation of the language and conceptual framework of drama and performance. The book is organised around five key concepts: playscripts, performance concepts, production concepts, staging concepts and critical concepts. It traces the work of Aristotle, Stanislavski, Brecht, Shakespeare and Schechner and is a valuable tool for teachers and drama students.

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Pierse, L 1993, Theatresports Downunder: A guide for coaches and players, Improcorp Australia, Sydney.

A comprehensive guide to the teaching principles and methods of Theatresports in Australia. The book outlines the art and process of improvisation and theatre games, and the valuable theatre and communication skills they teach.

New version “Improvisation – the Guide” available from Book Nook


Benedetti, J 1989 (revised edition), Stanislavski: An Introduction, Methuen, London.

Benedetti's Stanislavski is a clear and succinct explanation of Stanislavski's writings and ideas, especially those in the Stanislavski's acting trilogy — An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, and Creating a Role — a staple of every actor's library.

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Benedetti, J 1998, Stanislavski and the Actor, Methuen, London.

Offers a clear modern presentation of Stanislavski's methods of actor training and rehearsal. Benedetti build a comprehensive description of Stanislavski's ‘system’ in contemporary language that is easy for today’s actors and teachers to understand and shows that Stanislavski's teachings still have a wide application.

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Benedetti, J 1999 (rev. ed.), Stanislavski: His Life and Art, Methuen, London.

Benedetti's fully revised and expanded critical biography of Konstantin Stanislavski explores key moments in Stanislavski's career and a deep understanding of the evolution of Stanislavski's revolutionary acting 'system'.

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Benedetti, J 2005, The Art of the Actor: The Essential History of Acting, From Classical Times to the Present Day, Methuen, London.

This single-volume survey of the history of acting is an essential and practical guide for all students of the theatre. Benedetti traces the evolution of the theories of the actor's craft, drawing extensively on extracts from key texts. Beginning with the classical conceptions of acting as rhetoric and oratory, it progresses to examine the art of the actor in Shakespeare's time, through to the modern day. The book also summarises the contribution and theories of key figures such as Diderot, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Brecht, Artaud and Grotowski.

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Braun, E 1982, "Stanislavsky and Chekhov" in The Director and the Stage: From Naturalism to Grotowski, Methuen, London.

Concentrates on the most famous directors of this century — Stanislavski, Reinhardt, Graig, Meyerhold, Piscator, Brecht, Artuaud and Grotowski. Braun's guide focuses on the practical, delineating how each director changed the tradition that came before him.

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Carnicke, S 2000, "Stanislavsky's System: Pathways for the Actor" in Hodge, A (ed.) Twentieth Century Actor Training, Routledge, London.

Leading experts present analyses of the theories, training exercises, theoretical and aesthetic concerns, and productions of fourteen directors. The book examines the relationship between actor training, production and performance.

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Hagen, U 2008 (rev. ed.), Respect for Acting, Macmillan, New York

Draws from Hagen’s experience, skill, and personal and professional expertise as an actor. The text includes 'object exercises' with a wealth of detail to stimulate students preparing a scene for presentation.

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Innes, C (ed.) 2000, A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre, Routledge, London.

Provides essential primary sources documenting one of the key movements in modern theatre. The introduction provides an overview of naturalist theatre and explores its key themes. Innes exemplifies the movement through three writers and six plays in particular:

  • Henrik Ibsen — A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler
  • Anton Chekhov — The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard
  • George Bernard Shaw — Mrs Warren's Profession and Heartbreak House.

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Levin, I & Levin, I 2002, The Stanislavsky Secret, Meriwether Publishing Ltd, Colorado Springs.

Summarises the last concepts from Stanislavsky’s final works in an orderly text for teachers and students. Six comprehensive chapters examine Stanislavsky's method to help actors to transform themselves into believable and fascinating stage characters.

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Merlin, B 2007, The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit, Nick Hern Books, London.

A guide to Stanislavsky's famous “system” that illustrates, with exercises, each of his acting techniques. It brings together the terms and ideas explored and modified by Stanislavsky throughout his life from the early 1890s until his death in 1938. The book is organised into three sections: Training, Rehearsal and Performance.

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Milling, J and Ley, G 2001, Modern Theories of Performance: From Stanislavski to Boal, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.

This book is a critical exploration of the theoretical writings of key modern theorists from Stanlislavski to Boal, offering a summary of their theories and a critical commentary.

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Mitter, S 1992, Systems of Rehearsal: Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski and Brook, Routledge, London.

A systematic appraisal of three principal paradigms in which theatre work is conducted — those developed by Stanislavski, Brecht and Grotowski. The author compares each system to the work of the contemporary director, Peter Brook.

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Stanislavski, K 1989, An Actor Prepares, Methuen, London.

First volume of Stanislavski’s trilogy on the art of acting. Stanislavski introduces concepts and rehearsal aids including the “magic if”, “emotion memory”, the “unbroken line”. This seminal work is written from the viewpoint of fictional actors taking lessons from a director, based on Stanislavski.

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Student texts

Carey, D 2006, The Actors Audition Manual, vol. 1, (revised edition), Currency Press, Sydney.

The “red audition bible” provides a wealth of practical advice for the young actor, and a fresh and diverse range of speeches for men and women, including first-rate contemporary Australian monologues.

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Crawford J, Hurst C, Lugering M & Wimmer C 2003, Acting in Person and Style in Australia, McGraw Hill, Sydney.

A comprehensive text that features actor development exercises as well as overviews and conventions of a selection of styles from ancient Greek to eclectic and Australian including photos, where possible, from Australian productions.

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Ewing, R & Simons, J 2004, Beyond the Script: Drama in the classroom, Primary English Teachers Association (PETA).

Supports genuine inquiry in the drama classroom. It demonstrates that drama offers a “proving-ground” in which students can test and contest ideas and perspectives.

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Gadaloff J 1998, Springboards: Australian drama 2, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane.

Supports opportunities for the student to work as director, dramaturge and critic, and includes key Australian plays and key scenes.

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Neelands, J 1990, Structuring Drama Work, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

A comprehensive guide to using a range of drama conventions for context building and narrative, poetic and reflective action. Includes sections on structuring drama for learning opportunities and theatre as a learning process.

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Strube, H, Beh, M, Davis, S, Jones, A, Ryan, S & Yaxley, R 2010, Dramatexts: Creative practice for senior drama students, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane.

Explores the way drama is “jumping spaces” from theatre to film to cyberspace and based on the Drama Senior Syllabus 2007 for Queensland.

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Tourell, L and McNamara, M 1998, A Practical Approach to Drama Performance, Heinemann, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The book includes a chapter on Stanislavskian Realism. Key features of the book include: concise and clearly written theory combined with a wide range of individual, pair and group exercises, ongoing focus on workshopping and performance, strong emphasis on self-evaluation and the value of critical responses to dramatic performance.

“Performance: A Practical Approach to Drama” available from Book Nook

Electronic media and learning technology

Devising an Original Performance: boy girl wall — A contemporary Australian play, Drama Queensland.

This classroom resource takes teachers and students through an accessible and creative development process in devising new work.

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How to Use the Stanislavski System, Oyston, P 2004.

Peter Oyston was the founding Dean of Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts and a regular teacher/director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has used Stanislavski's acting methods in the professional rehearsal room and classroom for 30 years. In this video presentation, Oyston reveals how he combines Stanislavski's techniques in a systematic approach to provide a full rehearsal process or a drama course in microcosm. Using Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” as the text with a group of Australian university students, Oysten demonstrates how these methods can be applied to any text, modern or classical.

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Outside the Square, Drama Queensland.

This three-disc DVD resource includes a 10-week Drama unit, Outside the Square, based on the Australian contemporary eclectic play, The Pink Twins, by Sue Rider. The unit includes lesson plans, extensive interviews with the director and actor, digitised resources to use in class, assessments assessing Forming and Presenting.

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