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Author: Andrew B. Harris
About the Author:
Andrew B. Harris (author) has written two award-winning theatre books: The Performing Set (UNT Press) and Broadway Theatre (Routledge). With Sentia, he has published a two-volume series: World Theatre before and World Theatre after 1700. Dr. Harris’s broad range of experience includes play writing (The Lady Revealed, The Eternal Romeo and Juliet, and Advanced Stages), directing (Antigone, The Misanthrope, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible, Private Lives, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Once Upon A Mattress, and a virtual production of The Diary of Anne Frank) and producing (The Life of Galileo – Time’s Ten Best New York season, Cowboy Mouth, Idol Hill). His plays have been presented in Texas, New York, and London. He collaborated with Edward Albee on Albee Directs Albee and Albee’s Women, and also produced the first Sam Shepard retrospective. Andrew was the Founding Chair of the Hammerstein Center at Columbia University. Later, he chaired the Theatre Departments at Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University before becoming Professor of Theatre at the University of North Texas. An alumnus of New Dramatists, Dr. Harris earned his doctoral degree from Columbia University and his bachelor’s from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with Special Honors. Together with his wife Ann and their Golden Retriever, Gwinny, the Harrises live in McKinney, Texas.
"Dr. Andrew Harris’ World Theatre is first-rate, profoundly informative, and delightfully readable history of theater. Having taught world drama for over two decades at the university level, I wish I’d had Dr. Harris’ book in my classroom. Dr. Harris touches on the art and theater of non-European cultures, but his focus is on Western drama, featuring evocative depictions of actors and playwrights, composers and artists, philosophers, and kings. The book features countless paintings and etchings, posters and photos that make theatre history come alive. World Theatre is a perfect introduction for all areas of theatre professionals, from actors and directors, to designers of sets, costumes, lights, sound and props—the whole panoply of theatre production—as well as for anyone with an interest in world culture, and the theatre in particular."
Dr. W. Stuart McDowell
Professor, Chair and Artistic Director, Emeritus
Department of Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures, Wright State University
Frederick A White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service, Wright State University.