Recommended by Carol Oja. Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators,and characters - from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre.
Recommended by Debra Levine: "She examines how Asian Americans become culturally visible on and off stage, revealing the ways Asian American theater companies and artists respond to the cultural implications of abjection (casting-off)."
Recommended by Derek Miller. "Written in response to a wave of semiotic criticism in the 1970s, States' book brings a phenomenological perspective to the theater. Beautifully written with wonderfully evocative examples. Captures some of the true joys of being in the theater."
Recommended by Derek Miller. "Essential text in performance theory, historicizing the concept of 'live' performance and documenting its convoluted relationship to recorded media. Best read alongside Phelan's Unmarked (see below)."
Recommended by Derek Miller. "Essential text in performance theory. A collection of challenging, richly evocative essays about the force of live bodies. Draws on psychoanalytic and feminist theory for a sometimes playful sometimes mournful exploration of the meanings of performance."
Recommended by Debra Levine: "Profeta offers a brief history of dramaturgy and the different roles a dramaturg can play in developing new work and in shaping performance. She draws on her experience as a dramaturg for choreographer Ralph Lemon and as a company member of Elevator Repair Service."