American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century

Author: Anne Fliotsos and Wendy Vierow
The first reference to focus on American women directors
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Publication Date
Cloth: 07/07/2008
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About the Book

Presenting a historical overview of female stage directors in the United States, this valuable reference tool focuses on fifty women who have made significant contributions to professional directing during the twentieth century. Anne Fliotsos and Wendy Vierow collect biographical details and important directing data on each woman, including information on training and career path, notable productions, critical reception, directing style, major awards, and bibliographic materials. Insightful commentary from the directors themselves also provides rich details on the theatre business and working process. This collection recognizes the much overlooked contributions of women directors and is an essential introduction for students and researchers of American theatre.

About the Author

Anne Fliotsos is an associate professor of theatre at Purdue University. An active scholar who also directs, she is coeditor of Teaching Theatre Today: Pedagogical Views of Theatre in Higher Education. Wendy Vierow is an educator and freelance writer and editor who holds a doctorate in performance studies. She has written and directed performance art at numerous New York City venues and has performed in works shown internationally.

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"This is an outstanding volume that will be a crucial purchase for theater collections in academic and public libraries. . . . Essential."--Choice

"A compact work that fills a void in the annals of American theater history and scholarship. . . . A welcome addition to any performing arts or women's history collection."--Booklist

“A must-have reference work."Feminist Collections

"A solid volume that fills a gap in the literature and will provide valuable for collections in theater history and gender studies."--American Reference Books Annual


"This book will prove quite useful as a reference source for anyone teaching twentieth-century theatre history and directing. . . . There are no other reference books devoted exclusively to American women stage directors. The time for a volume like this is long overdue!"--Rebecca Daniels, author of Women Stage Directors Speak


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