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Staging Story - Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director

Staging Story

Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director

By Robert Moss & Wendy Dann
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559369978, 144 pages, June 2022


“With a no-nonsense and blessedly candid approach, Bob Moss and Wendy Dann have written not only an indispensable practicum for the young director, but also a delightful refresher course for the working director. The authors encourage and challenge us to engage our theatrical imaginations for a lifetime of storytelling on a multitude of stages.” —Michael Mayer, Tony Award–Winning Director

By focusing on five fundamentals for staging a play—Story, Intention, Character, Space, and Theme—veteran theater directors Robert Moss and Wendy Dann help stage directors learn how to build their own practice and begin to master the daunting task of staging a story.


“This is the book I’ve been waiting for. It provides the director (and directing teacher) with practical exercises to start creating at once. Bob and Wendy’s fearlessness and joy are infectious as they welcome risk-taking, discovery, and even failure into the creative process.”

- Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center

“I learned how to tell a story using the simple yet essential principles in this book as I worked alongside Bob Moss. This new guide to the fundamentals of stage directing is a real gift to the profession for those just starting out, and for those who want a refresher on how directors watch, listen, and build a story.”

- Lisa Peterson, Obie Award–Winning Director

Staging Story delivers on its promise to introduce the fundamentals of directing to beginning directors. The book is personal, practical, entertaining, and filled with insight. The emphasis is on storytelling and on the ways to turn narrative into effective, communicative moments onstage.”

- Anne Bogart, Artistic Director, SITI Company