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Theatrical Worlds

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Charles Mitchell, University of Florida, Gainesville

Pub Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 9781616101664

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Language: English

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Reviewed by Jennifer Popple, Assistant Professor , Augustana College on 7/31/19

The book has a strong (albeit lengthy) introduction, including the types of theatre and staging practices, as well as solid chapters on (some) aspects of design, world theatre, and the origins of musical theatre. While it does not have a glossary... read more


Reviewed by Gabriel Vanover, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Hanover College on 1/25/19

The book is very elementary in its coverage of theatrical practices, traditions, and technical processes, but also omits entire areas of the arts, including playwriting, dramaturgy and producing. read more


Reviewed by Christiana Molldrem Harkulich, Assistant Professor, Miami University of Ohio on 2/1/18

This text covers a wide range of subjects surrounding Theatre- acting, directing, design, and then Shakespeare, World Theatre, and Musical Theatre. It is a mix of Intro textbook and Theatre History textbook. The sections on Design (scenic,... read more


Reviewed by Catherine Schuler, Professor, University of Maryland, College Park on 2/1/18

The book includes three sections: Creating a World, Theatrical Production, and Special Topics. As one might expect in an intro text for non-majors, part two is the most comprehensive, probably because it best reflects the authors' primary... read more


Reviewed by Scott Walters, Professor of Drama, University of North Carolina at Asheville on 8/15/17

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 successfully covers all the major players in a theatre production while providing reasonably thorough... read more


Reviewed by Ken Parks, Associate Professor of Theatre, Randolph College on 8/15/17

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 too little that pulls the separate discussions together to provide a comprehensive understanding of... read more


Reviewed by Tinamarie Ivey, Faculty, Linn Benton Community College on 6/20/17

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 all the components that come together to create a production. It is also a good resource for... read more


Reviewed by Brad Stoller, Associate Professor, Piedmont Va Community College on 2/15/17

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 Laszlo Fulop, Associate Professor, University of New Orleans on 2/8/17

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. The sub-chapter about the origins of theater could have connected to a short historical overview.... read more


Reviewed by David Mroden, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

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 production, performance and design, then shifts to an exploration of Shakespeare throughout the past five... read more


Reviewed by Matthew Weedman, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Iowa on 2/8/17

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. This section is an attempt to place theatre in a social and historical context. Part Two is... read more


Reviewed by Noreen Barnes, Director of Graduate Studies, Theatre , Virginia Commonwealth University on 2/8/17

This text enters a very competitive market for introductory texts in Theatre. It is only partially comprehensive, as some aspects of theatrical production are omitted, or given short shrift, such as playwriting, producing and dramaturgy. A huge... read more


Reviewed by Eric Prince, Professor, Colorado State University on 12/5/16

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 works cited are listed. Attention to the relationship between text and image in conveying meaning... read more


Reviewed by Janet Allard, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro on 12/5/16

Theatrical Worlds covers an impressive number of ideas and areas, going into both the methods of individual theatre practitioners and the historical roots of the art of theatre. The beginning chapter of the book also explains the relevance of... read more


Reviewed by Brian Haimbach, Lead Theatre Faculty, Lane Community College on 1/7/16

The comprehensiveness of the textbook is admirable. Given the daunting task of covering all aspects of theatre, the book attempts to cover an impressive range of topics. Conspicuously absent are the dedicated Theatre History chapters that consume... read more


Table of Contents

Part One: Creating a World

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

Part Two: Theatrical Production

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

Part Three: Special Topics

  • 7 Genre - Jim Davis
  • 8 The World of Shakespeare - Jeremy Fiebig
  • 9 The American Musical - Margaret R. Butler
  • 10 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.