Theatrical Worlds

(13 reviews)


Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-1-6161016-6-4

Publisher: University Press of Florida

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Reviewed by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich, Assistant Professor, Miami University of Ohio, on 2/2/2018.

This text covers a wide range of subjects surrounding Theatre- acting, directing, design, and then Shakespeare, World Theatre, and Musical Theatre. … read more



Reviewed by Catherine Schuler, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, on 2/2/2018.

The book includes three sections: Creating a World, Theatrical Production, and Special Topics. As one might expect in an intro text for non-majors, … read more



Reviewed by Scott Walters, Professor of Drama, University of North Carolina at Asheville, on 8/16/2017.

This is an interesting book in that it is somewhat of a hybrid -- a combination of an Introduction to Theatre book and a Theatre History book. It … read more



Reviewed by Ken Parks, Associate Professor of Theatre, Randolph College, on 8/16/2017.

There is a a wealth of information in this book and more detail in some sections than is commonly found in introductory texts. Yet it suffers from … read more



Reviewed by Tinamarie Ivey, Faculty, Linn Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

This text is extremely helpful as a general resource and overview of theater. It is best for students who have little to no exposure to the arts and … read more



Reviewed by Brad Stoller, Associate Professor, Piedmont Va Community College, on 2/16/2017.

Though this book does cover a vast areas of theatre both in the west and other parts of the world it does not provide an index.… read more



Reviewed by Noreen Barnes, Director of Graduate Studies, Theatre , Virginia Commonwealth University, on 2/9/2017.

This text enters a very competitive market for introductory texts in Theatre. It is only partially comprehensive, as some aspects of theatrical … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Weedman, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

The book is divided into three parts. Part One is "Creating a World" and is an overview of theatre from Greek Drama to present day productions. … read more



Reviewed by David Mroden, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, on 2/9/2017.

This text covers a lot of ground; perhaps too much. It starts out as an overview of the theatrical process, examining the different areas of … read more



Reviewed by Laszlo Fulop, Associate Professor, University of New Orleans, on 2/9/2017.

The book takes a comprehensive look at theater. It starts out with an essay about the basic elements and qualities of theater, about meaning, etc. … read more



Reviewed by Eric Prince, Professor, Colorado State University, on 12/6/2016.

The book is in need of an index and a glossary with key concepts and terms being clearly explained. No scholarly sources, references, footnotes, or … read more



Reviewed by Janet Allard, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

Theatrical Worlds covers an impressive number of ideas and areas, going into both the methods of individual theatre practitioners and the historical … read more



Reviewed by Brian Haimbach, Lead Theatre Faculty, Lane Community College, on 1/8/2016.

The comprehensiveness of the textbook is admirable. Given the daunting task of covering all aspects of theatre, the book attempts to cover an … read more


Table of Contents

Part One: Creating a World

  • Mapping Reality: An Introduction to Theatre - Charlie Mitchell and Michelle Hayford

Part Two: Theatrical Production 

  • Acting - Charlie Mitchell
  • Directing - Kevin Browne
  • Set Design - Mark E. Mallett
  • Costume Design - Stacey Galloway  
  • Lighting Design - Kasendra Djuren

Part Three: Special Topics 

  • Genre - Jim Davis
  • The World of Shakespeare - Jeremy Fiebig  
  • The American Musical - Margaret R. Butler
  • World Theatre - Michelle Hayford

About the Book

From the University of Florida College of Fine Arts, Charlie Mitchell and distinguished colleagues from across America present an introductory text for theatre and theoretical production. This book seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theater. It does not strip away the feeling of magic but to add wonder for the artistry that make a production work well.

About the Contributors


Charlie Mitchell studied playwriting at Boston University with Nobel prize-winning author Derek Walcott. After earning a PhD from the University of Colorado, he was a production dramaturg for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and later for Playmakers Repertory, where he was a visiting professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For three years, he was an artistic associate and company member of the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and has worked as an actor for a variety of theatres in New York City, Chicago, and Baltimore. Previously, he taught at Loyola University in Maryland. He completed his BFA actor training at Ithaca College.

Dr. Mitchell is the author of Shakespeare and Public Execution, an examination of how Shakespeare utilized commonly known tropes of execution for his own dramaturgical ends and the co-editor of Zora Neale Hurston: Collected Plays, the first compilation of the Harlem Renaissance writer's dramatic pieces including two thought to be lost. Theatrical Worlds is the first open source introductory theatre textbook.