Master class: Theatre legend shares a lifetime of expertise with next generation of artists
Stuart Vaughan’s ‘The Art and Craft of Directing Plays’ explores the inner workings of live theatre while passing on invaluable advice to aspiring directors
(PR NewsChannel) / November 10, 2015 / NEW YORK / A major voice in modern American theatre, Stuart Vaughan left an indelible mark on the industry. Directing nearly 200 productions over the course of his distinguished career, he worked with some of theatre’s premiere artists en route to becoming a true master of his craft.
Vaughan’s latest work is ensuring that theatre’s next generation can be the best that they can be.
A comprehensive guidebook to effectively directing for the theatre, Vaughan’s “The Art and Craft of Directing Plays” was created to help aspiring directors perfect their process while collaboratively achieving their goals.
Covering everything from script analysis and casting, to proper communication and blocking techniques, Vaughan’s book incorporates the proven methods and techniques that were used throughout his career.
The founding artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival, Stuart Vaughan founded the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre New Orleans and The New Globe Theatre, and also served as artistic director of New York’s Phoenix Theatre.
Sharing the experiences and lessons learned throughout his acclaimed career, Vaughan’s book serves as one-stop reference guide for anyone looking to gain further insight into any theatrical production.
A perfect companion guide for anyone starting out in theatre, or for those working theatre professionals who wish to enhance their skills, “The Art and Craft of Directing Plays” combines decades of lessons and tips from a theatre legend into one accessible and easy to read book.
About the author: An icon in American theatre, Stuart Vaughan was the founding artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival and returned as the festival’s resident director thirty years after its creation. Beginning his career as an actor in stock, Off-Broadway and Broadway plays, Vaughan directed more than 200 productions over the course of his career, including 40 in New York. The founder of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre New Orleans, and The New Globe Theatre, Vaughan also served as artistic director of New York’s Phoenix Theatre and guest director at the Goodman Theatre, the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre, the Cleveland Playhouse and the Denver Center Theatre Company. Receiving honorary doctorates for his work in theatre from Indiana State University and Rowan University, he has taught at Harvard, Ohio State and the University of Alabama, and his textbook “Directing Plays: A Working Professional’s Method” is in wide use in colleges around the country. Vaughan was a founding member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and was a member of the Actors Studio.
SOURCE: Anne Thompson Vaughan