Performing Arts

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    How to Improvise a Full-Length Play
    The Art of Spontaneous Theater
    By Kenn Adams
    (Allworth Press)
    Forget the script and get on the stage! In How to Improvise a Full-Length Play, actors, playwrights, directors, theater-group leaders, and teachers will find everything they need to know to create comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce, with no scripts, no scenarios, and no preconceived characters. Author... [READ MORE]
    This second edition has been expanded and updated to address new hazards, unique health and safety problems, and particular regulations that threaten anyone working in the entertainment industries today. Artists’ advocate Monona Rossol exposes the hazards of theatrical paints, theatrical makeup, pigments,... [READ MORE]
    Starting Your Career as a Theatrical Designer
    Insights and Advice from Leading Broadway Designers
    By Michael J. Riha, Foreword by Michael Mayer
    (Allworth Press)
    In the first book of its kind to be published in twenty years, ten award-winning and current Broadway designers—five set designers, four lighting designers, and one projection designer—discuss the business aspects of the theatre world, sharing relevant insider information and strategies that will prove... [READ MORE]
    Movement for Actors
    Edited by Nicole Potter
    (Allworth Press)
    In this rich resource for American actors, renowned movement teachers and directors reveal the physical skills needed for the stage and screen. Experts in a wide array of disciplines provide remarkable insight into the Alexander technique, the use of psychological gesture, period movement, the work of... [READ MORE]
    I Lie for Money
    Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician’s Misadventures
    By Steve Spill
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    In this funny, irreverent, unique, eccentric memoir, magician Steve Spill reveals how he managed to survive decades inside a rarely profitable, sometimes maddening, but often deliciously rewarding offbeat showbiz profession—magic!Spill tells of how his tailor grandfather sewed secret pockets in a magician’s... [READ MORE]
    Singing in Musical Theatre
    The Training of Singers and Actors
    By Joan Melton, Foreword by Angela Punch Mcgregor
    (Allworth Press)
    What does it take to be a musical theatre performer? What kind of training is required to do eight shows a weekacting, dancing, and singing in a wide variety of vocal styles? This insider's look into the unique demands of musical theatre performance establishes connecting links between voice training... [READ MORE]
    Starting Your Career in Broadcasting
    Working On and Off the Air in Radio and Television
    By Chris Schneider
    (Allworth Press)
    Starting Your Career in Broadcasting is the complete guide to breaking into this competitive field--and staying there. It’s packed with advice from top personalities including Bob Costas, Chris Berman, Larry King, Jim Lampley, Bob Kingsley, Rene Syler, Troy Aikman, plus station managers and other broadcasting... [READ MORE]
    Great Producers
    Visionaries of American Theater
    By Iris Dorbian
    (Allworth Press)
    Up close and personal with Broadway’s brightest lights of the past, present, and future.* Firsthand accounts, rare interviews, backstage anecdotes * Insider ideas from Disney, Jujamcyn, Mackintosh, Weissler, Papp, Merrick, Ziegfeld, more!Broadway’s most esteemed visionaries tell all—how they got started... [READ MORE]
    Starting Your Career as a Dancer
    By Mande Dagenais
    (Allworth Press)
    In Starting Your Career as a Dancer, author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts as a dancer, teacher, choreographer/director, and producer, Dagenais... [READ MORE]
    Make 'Em Laugh
    35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!
    By Jeffrey Gurian, By Richie Tienken, Introduction by Chris Rock
    (Skyhorse Publishing)
    Once in a lifetime a venue comes along that changes show business dramatically, that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom. The Comic Strip is one of those places, and Make ’Em Laugh is an inside look at how it all happened, straight from the mouths of the stars who built their... [READ MORE]
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