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Disability and Theatre A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts by Stephanie Barton Farcas

Disability and Theatre A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts


Disability and Theatre A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts by Stephanie Barton Farcas

Disability and Theatre: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts is a step-by step manual on how to create inclusive theatre, including how and where to find actors, how to publicize productions, run rehearsals, act intricate scenes like fights and battles, work with unions, contracts, and agents, and deal with technical issues. This practical information was born from the author's 16 years of running the first inclusive theatre company in New York City, and is applicable to any performance level: children's theatre, community theatre, regional theatre, touring companies, Broadway, and academic theatre. This book features anecdotal case studies that emphasize problem solving, real-world application, and realistic action plans. A comprehensive Companion Website provides additional guidelines and hands-on worksheets.

About the Author

Stephanie Barton--Farcas is the Artistic Director of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. Founded in 2001, it is the first company in NYC history to be fully inclusive (age, gender, color, religion, disability, nationality). She is also the co-founder of the Disability Cinema Coalition. She recently directed Richard III with a disabled cast except for the title role and her company Nicu's Spoon is the subject of the documentary Two and Twenty Troubles which follows the production of The Cherry Orchard and four of the disabled actors in it. She has been profiled in The NY Times, Variety, American Theater Magazine and Playbill as a director and advocate. As a writer she has been published in Backstage, Howlround and many other disability or theater publications as well as lecturing and teaching at SAGAFTRA, AEA and many film and theatre industry associations and colleges (Columbia, NYU) in the US and in Europe (CEU in Hungary, University of Riga, University of Kiev, Royal Conservatoire Scotland among others) about inclusion in the arts.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th July 2017


Stephanie Barton Farcas

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CRC Press an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


210 pages


Theatre studies
Creative therapy (eg art, music, drama)



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