Reading List

Below is a list of titles to help build a competency in theatre.

  1. Death of Expertise, Tom Nichols
  2. What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing, Jeffery Sweet
  3. Death and the King’s Horsemen, Wole Soyinka
  4. How to Run a Theatre, Jim Volz
  5. Blues for Mister Charlie, James Baldwin
  6. The Cross of Redemption, James Baldwin
  7. Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Arthur Kopit
  8. The Making of Modern Drama, Richard Gilman
  9. Theater Management, Conte and Langley
  10. The Maids, Jean Genet
  11. At Home at the Zoo, Edward Albee
  12. Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal
  13. The Empty Space, Peter Brook
  14. Anecdotal Shakespeare, Paul Menzer
  15. An Actor Prepares, Konstantin Stanislavski
  16. Brecht on Theatre, Bertolt Brecht
  17. Sanford Meisner on Acting, Sanford Meisner
  18. Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neil
  19. Topdog/Underdog, Susan-Lori Parks
  20. Bus Stop, William Inge
  21. Fundamentals of Play Directing, Dean and Carra
  22. Theatre and Its Double, Antonin Artaud
  23. Red, John Logan
  24. Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet
  25. Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman
  26. The American Play, Susan-Lori Parks
  27. Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare
  28. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  29. Death, The One and The Art of Theatre, Howard Baker
  30. Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
  31. Intimate Apparel, Lynn Nottage
  32. Life of Galileo, Bertolt Brecht
  33. Decolonizing the Mind, Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  34. Radical Acts: Theatre and Feminist Pedagogies of Change, eds. Armstrong and Juhl
  35. Theory of the Modern Stage, Eric Bentley
  36. The Islamic Drama, Jamshid Malekpour
  37. Pre-Colonial and Post-Colonial Drama and Theatre in Africa, by Lokangaka Losambe and Devi Sarinjeive
  38. Towards a Poor Theatre, Jersy Grotosky
  39. The Dramatic Imagination, Robert Edmond Jones
  40. Backwards and Forwards, David Ball
  41. Poetics, Aristotle
  42. Fences, August Wilson
  43. How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel
  44. Slaughter City, Naomi Wallace
  45. No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre
  46. The Mandrake, Niccolo Machiavelli
  47. Dutchman, LeRoi Jones
  48. Medea, Euripides
  49. Medea, Christopher Durang
  50. Blood Wedding, Frederico Garcia Lorca
  51. Marat/Sade, Peter Weiss
  52. Top Girls, Caryl Churchill
  53. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
  54. ‘night Mother, Marsha Norman
  55. Venus, Susan-Lori Parks
  56. Our Town, Thornton Wilder
  57. Angels in America, Tony Kushner
  58. The Viewpoints Book, Anne Bogart
  59. A Director Prepares, Anne Bogart
  60. The Moving Body, Jaques Lecoq
  61. To the Actor, Michael Chekhov
  62. Meyerhold on Theatre, Edward Braun
  63. The Art of Acting, Stella Adler
  64. Respect for Acting, Uta Hagen
  65. Directing Actors, Judith Weston
  66. Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekov
  67. The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekov
  68. The Seagull, Anton Chekov
  69. Tis Pity She’s a Whore, John Ford
  70. An Humorous Day’s Mirth, George Chapman
  71. God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza
  72. The Motherfucker with the Hat, Stephen Adly Gurgis
  73. Jesus hopped the ‘A’ Train, Stephen Adly Gurgis
  74. An Enemy of the People, Henrik Ibsen
  75. Salome, Oscar Wilde
  76. Waiting for Godot, Sam Beckett
  77. A Doll House, Henrik Ibsen
  78. Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
  79. The Graduate, Terry Johnson
  80. Sorry, Wrong Number, Lucille Fletcher
  81. Present Laughter, Noel Coward
  82. Agnes of God, John Pielmeier