Stage Designers in Early Twentieth-Century America: Artists, Activists, Cultural Critics

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 24, 2012 - Performing Arts - 280 pages
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Christin Essin documents theatre's backstage history through the cultural roles played by designers during the modern development of their profession. Featuring work by Robert Edmond Jones, Lee Simonson, Aline Bernstein, Norman Bel Geddes, Mordecai Gorelik, Jo Mielziner, Howard Bay, and Boris Aronson, this book blends theatre history and visual culture. By casting designers as authors, cultural critics, activists, entrepreneurs, and global cartographers, Essin tells a story about scenic images on the page, stage, and beyond that helped American audiences see the everyday landscapes and exotic destinations from a modern perspective.

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E. Christin Essin is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History at Vanderbilt University, USA. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a MA from Northwestern University. In addition to her research and teaching, Essin has worked as a storyteller, lighting designer, and theatre technician. She has served on the governing council of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for the past five years.

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