acting

Ruby Cohn, renowned theater and Beckett scholar and UM Press author, dies at 89

by University of Michigan Press October 25, 2011

Ruby Cohn, renowned theater scholar and specialist on the work of Samuel Beckett, died in Oakland, California on October 18 at the age of 89. Cohn was the author of many influential books, including A Beckett Canon, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2001. The obituary below is excerpted from a longer version by her former student Elin Diamond, Professor of English at Rutgers University. See the New York Times obit here. Ruby Cohn was Professor of Comparative Drama at the University of California, Davis where, for thirty years, she was a member of the Comparative Literature, Theater, […]

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Q&A with John Howland, author of Ellington Uptown

by University of Michigan Press April 3, 2009

Ellington Uptown: Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, and the Birth of Concert Jazz by John Howland explores a little-discussed yet truly hybrid American musical tradition lost between the canons of authentic jazz and classical music. Listen to the podcast at: http://www.press.umich.edu/podcasts/index.jsp

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Author interview with Cynthia Baron, co-author with Sharon Marie Carnicke of Reframing Screen Performance

by University of Michigan Press September 11, 2008

Are screen actors just playing themselves? Can film acting be considered “true” acting? Are there ways to describe the acting choices we see in films? These are some of the questions Cynthia Baron and Sharon Carnicke address in their new book, Reframing Screen Performance. The authors draw on new evidence to dispel some deep-rooted misconceptions about film acting. From there, they explore film performances using accessible terms developed by actors, directors, and a handful of scholars in theatre and film. They show that viewers’ interpretations are shaped by everything on screen, including the gestures and expressions that work in concert […]

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