From Stage to Screen and Back Again

Susan Beth Lehman


Susan Beth Lehman

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

With a Foreword by Steve Brown
177 pages | 12 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841504902 Published February 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Despite the increasing popularity of academic filmmaking programs in the United States, some of contemporary America’s most exciting film directors have emerged from the theater world.  Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again features a series of interviews with directors who did just that, transitioning from work on stage productions to work in television and on full-length features.
Taken together, these interviews demonstrate the myriad ways in which a theater background can engender innovative and stimulating work in film. As unique and idiosyncratic as the personalities they feature, the directors’ conversations with Susan Lehman range over a vast field of topics. Each one traces its subject’s personal artistic journey and explores how he or she handled the challenge of moving from stage to screen. Combined with a foreword by Emmy award–winning screenwriter Steve Brown, the directors’ collective knowledge and experience will be invaluable to scholars, aspiring filmmakers, theater aficionados, and film enthusiasts.

Good Story, Well Told
Brief History of the Modern Director

1. Paul Aaron, August 2010
2. Gilbert Cates, October 2010
3. Judy Chaikin, October 2011
4. Lenore Dekoven, August 2010
5. Gordon Hunt, June 2010
6. Neil LaBute, August 2011
7. Rob Marshall, June 2011
8. Jiri Menzel, July 2011
9. Oz Scott, May 2010
10. Matt Shakman, September 2010
11. Jerry Zaks, April 2011
12. Joel Zwick, July 2010

Review Quotes
Johnnie Hobbs, Jr., Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts
"A gift for student directors, Susan Beth Lehman’s book exposes us to the masters and their unique insights into the demands of composing creative stories."
Kimberly Gadette, film critic
"From the front of the house to behind the camera, this insightful collection of interviews presents the reader with a rare ’bi-focus.’ You just might want to read it twice!"
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