. New York: Drama Book Specialists 1977. An excellent source book.
Creative Drama in Schools
. New York: Hart Publishing Co., 1968.
An interesting narrative about staging school productions.
. New York: Atheneum, 1964.
This book inquires into the relationship between the dramatic process and real “human” drama.
The Presence of the Actor
. New York: Atheneum” 1972.
Chaikin loves to write about himself but you’ll love reading about the Open Theatre and the strategies used there.
Dezseran, Louis John.
The Student Actor’s Handbook
. Minnesota: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1975.
A super handbook that shows as well as explains types of activities.
Held, Jack Preston.
. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1971.
A fine handbook of student activities including pages of sample worksheets.
Hodgson, John and Ernest Richards.
Discovery and Creativity in Drama
. London: Methuen and Co., 1972. This book approaches the notion of improvisation from every perspective. It should be read for both information and inspiration.
. Los Angeles: Diamond Heights Publishing Co., 1975.
Designed as a workbook for students, its main advantages are lots of suggestions and interesting worksheets.
A Book on the Open Theatre
. New York Bobbs-Merrill, 1970.
This book hooked me on improvisation and really inspired my process. The exercises are all clearly explained and annotated.
The Dynamics of Acting
. Skokie: National Textbook Co., 1972.
This book was specifically designed for a high school acting program. It offers suggestions for every level of performance. The narrative is also very clear and therefore a blessing for the novice teacher-director.
Improvisation for the Theater
. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1974. Here is the grandma of all books on Improvisation. It was the first and perhaps the broadest collection of exercises. You should have a copy on your shelf.
An Actor Prepares
. New York: Theater Arts, 1948.
This is “The Method” approach to character building. It works from the inside out, capturing feelings and finding how to link them to characters.