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The Youth Theatre Director's Handbook
by Maureen McIntyre & Lane Riosley
This book is designed to provide you, the director, with information and tools to produce and maintain a single play, a festival or season of plays in a school, community or professional venue or even a long-term theatrical venture with and for the young. In this book you will find 135 pages of:
You will, at times, be informed and guided by the irrepressible producer and director of theatre by and for youth, Dot Baldwin. Dot is a fictional character who, nevertheless, provides real-life examples from youth theatre. Imagine her as a cheery-faced woman, prone to gesturing boldly and often. She never walks; she charges through life. Her wildly curly and tangled hair is always stuck full of pencils. Her clothes are a brightly colored afterthought. She cooks meals rarely but bakes great cookies. She sings loudly even on the street and understands and adores young people and their talent. She is a consummate theatre professional and educator. Her methods, stories and advice are based on a combination of twenty-five years of actual successes and mistakes (provided by the authors and by their colleagues and friends) directing and producing theatre for youth. It is hard-won information that is offered to you with the passionate wish that your theatrical quest with young actors will be filled with many victories and wondrous discoveries along the way.
NOTE: Would you like to focus your vision onto a particular category covered in this full text? Consider the topic-specific pamphlets from this text, also independently available thru JAC:
About the Authors
McIntyre has been the director of the Children's Theatre Festival in
Huntsville, Texas, for twenty-five years and was recognized as an Honored
Artist by the city. She is a Professor of Theatre, teaching acting and
directing, at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Theatre and
Dance. She is an accredited Critic Judge for the University Interscholastic
League One Act Play Contest for high schools and has been named Outstanding
Theatre Educator, Colleges and Universities by the Texas Educational Theatre
Association. Professor McIntyre lives in Huntsville with her husband, Buddy Aber.
Lane Riosleyis a writer living and working in Houston, Texas. She is the 1991 winner of the Roger L. Stevens Award in Playwrighting from the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts' Fund for New American Plays. Lane also has written a screenplay for KUHT-TV/PBS television series CENTERSTAGE, as featured in the 1993 American Film Institute Festival in Los Angeles, and she served as a speaker at Theatrefest '93, the 43rd annual convention of the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Lane has 15 plays in publication (Pioneer Drama Service and Encore Performance Publishing). She is the author of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Burke Baker Planetarium program and Lucky Hightops and the Cosmic Cat Patrol, a six part science threatre series. Lane’s plays have been produced by schools and theatres nationwide including The Taradiddle Players, The Actor's Company of Burbank, The Little Top Theatre Company, The West Coast Ensemble, The Texas Renaissance Festival, EarlyStages of Houston, Stages Repertory Theatre, The Merry Go Round Theatre and the Asolo Theatre. She is an alumnus of the Sam Houston State University Department of Theatre and Dance.
From the authors...
has developed a great many fine academic, professional and amateur programs
for theatre for young performers. As a result, thousands of children and
teenagers have grown in performance skills, self-esteem, knowledge of
American and international cultures, and have learned important truths about
living honorably with passion and courage to face the challenges of the