Directing Books

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl

Acting and the Target (The) by Declan Donnellan

And Then, You Act by Anne Bogart

Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre (The) by Paul B. Crook

Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball and Michael Langham

Brecht on Theatre by Bertolt Brecht

Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre by Lenore Dekoven

Contemporary Stage Directing by George Black

Creating Life Onstage by Marshall Mason

Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Craig on Theatre by Edward Gordon Craig

Different Every Night by Mike Alfreds

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television by Judith Weston

Directing: A Miscellany by Simon Usher

Directing for the Stage: A Workshop Guide of Creative Exercises and Projects by Terry John Converse

Directing in Musical Theatre: An Essential Guide by Joe Deer

Directing Kids by Matt Buchanan

Directing Plays by Don Taylor

Directing Plays, Directing People: A Collaborative Art by Mary B. Robinson

Directing Postmodern Theater: Shaping Signification in Performance by Jon Whitmore

Directing Shakespeare: A Scholar Onstage by Sidney Homan

Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices by Charles Ney

Directorial Image (The): The Play And The Director by Frank Alonzo McMullan

Director Prepares (A) by Anne Bogart

Director's Craft (The): A Handbook for the Theatre by Katie Mitchell

Director's Eye (The): A Comprehensive Textbook for Directors and Actors by John Ahart

Directors in Rehearsal by Susan Letzler Cole

Directors on Directing edited by Toby Cole and Helen Krich-Chinoy

Dramatic Imagination (The) by Robert Edmond Jones

Empty Space (The) by Peter Brook

Event in Space (An): JoAnne Akalaitis in Rehearsal

Experimental Theatre: From Stanislavski to Peter Brook by James Roose-Evans

From Getting the Gig to Closing Night by Nicole Dominguez Appleby

Fundamentals of Directing by Ric Knowles

Fundamentals of Play Directing by Alexander Dean and Lawrence Carra

Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor

How to Direct a Musical by David Young

How To Read A Play: Script Analysis for Directors by Damon Kiely

Introduction to the Art of Stage Directing (An) by Len Silver

Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals by Arthur Laurents

Meyerhold on Theatre by Vsevolod Meyerhold

Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater by Moises Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams

Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's Chair by Frank Hauser & Russell Reich

On Directing by Harold Clurman

On Directing and Dramaturgy: Burning the House by Eugenio Barba

On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director by Alexander Mackendrick and Paul Cronin

Open Door (The) by Peter Brook

Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style by Francis Hodge

Play Directing in the School: A Drama Director's Survival Guide by David Grote

Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky

Sense of Direction (A): Some Observations on the Art of Directing by William Ball

Simple Stage (The): Its Origins in the Modern American Theater (Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies) by Arthur Feinsod

Sitting In a Dark Theatre - How to Direct a Play and Not Lose Your Mind by Nicole Dominguez Appleby

Staging Modern Playwrights: From Director's Concept to Performance by Sidney Homan

Theatre and Its Double (The) by Antonin Artaud

Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal

Theatrical Image (The) by James H Clay

Thinking Like a Director by Michael Bloom

Threads of Time by Peter Brook

Tips: Ideas for Directors by Jon Jory

To The Director by Michael Chekhov

Towards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski

Unbalancing Acts: Foundations for a Theatre by Richard Foreman

Vakhtangov Sourcebook (The) by Yevgeny Vakhtangov

Viewpoints Book (The): A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart & Tina Landau

Words Into Action: Finding the Life of the Play by William Gaskill

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