Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Essay is in the Book ‘The politics of American Actor Training’ published by Routledge.

paat1 I am very happy to share the news of a book release- ‘The Politics of American Actor training’ on September 23rd, 2009. Routledge the leading publishers in performance and literary theory, includes this book in their series, “Routledge advances on Theatre & performance studies’. This book is edited by Ellen Margolis is Chair and Director of Theatre, Pacific University in Oregon and Lissa Tyler Renaud is Director of the Actors' Training Project in California, and the English Language Editor for the International Association of Theatre Critics.

This book addresses the historical, social, colonial, and administrative contexts that determine today's U.S. actor training, as well as matters of identity politics, access, and marginalization as they emerge in classrooms and rehearsal halls. It considers persistent, questioning voices about our nation’s acting training as it stands, thereby contributing to the national dialogue the diverse perspectives and proposals needed to keep American actor training dynamic and germane, both within the U.S. and abroad. Prominent  academics and artists view actor training through a political, cultural or ethical lens, tackling fraught topics about power as it plays out in acting curricula and classrooms. The essays in this volume offer a survey of trends in thinking on the subject, engaging in how American theatre expresses our national identity, in the globalization of arts education policy, and in the politics of curriculum decisions wherever our actor training is keeping American actors relevant.

The book has two parts, comprising a total of 14 essays written by 13 authors. My essay is in the first part and is titled ‘The Politics of Western Pedagogy in the Theatre of India’.

The contents of the Book & Authors


Introduction, Ellen Margolis and Lissa Tyler Renaud,

Part I 1: Stanislavsky and Politics: Active Analysis and the American Legacy of Soviet Oppression, Sharon Marie Carnicke

2: Actor Training Meets Historical Thinking, Jonathan Chambers

3: The Politics of Western Pedagogy in the Theatre of India, Chandradasan

4: Degrees of Choice, Leigh Woods

5: Training Artists or Consumers? Commentary on American Actor Training, Lissa Tyler Renaud

6: Changing Demographics: Where is Diversity in Theatre Programs in Higher Education and National Associations? Donna B. Aronson

7: The Wild, Wild East: Report on the Politics of American Actor Training Overseas, Lissa Tyler Renaud

Part II 8: Beyond Race and Gender: Reframing Diversity in Actor Training Programs, David Eulus Wiles

9: "Typed" for What?, Mary Cutler

10: "They accused me of bein’ a homosexual": Playing Kerry Cook in The Exonerated, Derek S. Mud

11: Identity Politics and the Training of Latino Actors, Micha Espinosa and Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

12: Keeping It Real Without Selling Out: Toward Confronting and Triumphing Over Racially Specific Barriers in American Acting Training, Venus Opal Reese

13: Disability and Access: A Manifesto for Actor Training, Victoria Ann Lewis

14: Arrested or Paralyzed? Reflections on the Erotic Life of an Acting Teacher, Ellen Margolis

Notes on Contributors


Details of the ‘Politics of American Actor Training’

Price: $95.00

  • ISBN: 978-0-415-80121-8
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Published by: Routledge
  • Publication Date: 23rd September 2009 (Available for Pre-order)
  • Pages: 244

Routledge has announced the details of the book in their site and the link is

Amazon has listed the book in the link

I am deeply indebted to Lissa Tyler Renaud, who believed in me and invited to join this writing project and to my friend Shobha Menon for continuously insisting, monitoring and motivating me so that I keep up with the schedule.



Blogger Poetry - an Actor's journal said...

Dear Chandradasan,

Another feather among the many already in your theatre cap. Proud of you. I would like to read the article. The topic sounds very interesting.

Best wishes for more. Paul

August 15, 2009 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Deise Puga said...

Hi Chandradassan,

Well, I dont know so much about the content of your essay.
But I am very interested in reading about that matter.
I think it is one of the most important essay in the book.
It is a honour to be one of your friends!

Best wishes for success to you!
Deise Puga

August 15, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger L. T. said...

Congratulations to you, Chandradasan. It is a pleasure to have your important essay in the book. I am sure it will interest both those who already know your terrific work, and those who are about to learn about it!

Much love,

Lissa Tyler Renaud
Co-Editor, The Politics of American Actor Training

August 16, 2009 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger RVK Varma said...

dear chandra dasan, congrats..well done..try to pulish the article in some leading indian weekly..

August 16, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger josh said...


Mighty step, I say. Hearty and heartfelt congrats.
Rock on, man!

August 16, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Chandradasan said...

Thank u all ...And Lissa U made me right it...You believed in me even when I was not abiding by the time schedule ....And insisted that I write it...Thanks a lot for that....

August 16, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Suman Kumar said...

Great ! Congratulations ! Content is to be read but it sounds great.

Wish you al my best.

August 16, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Sapna Anu B.George said...

Chandradasan, Congrats for your book.Well,I dont understand much about the content of your essay.
But I am defenitly interested in reading the book and would like a copy autographed by you for keep sake.

August 16, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Prasanth said...

congrats is really an hour for - prasnth

August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Madan Kolavil said...

Congrates Sir,
As an actor of ur team and a reader, I feel very proud of you. I am eagerly waiting for the release....

August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger ബോണ്‍സ് said...

Dear Sir..Congratulations and keep the good work going. Proud to have known you!!

August 16, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Manoj മനോജ് said...

congrats sir...

August 22, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Chandradasan said...

Thank U all who commented....with love

August 22, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger upendra said...

Dear friend,
I am very happy on seeing your topic in that book,because I know people who do good work in theater,they are also inclined towards western pedagogy.I think your article is apt for this time.
I will try to get the book and read.


September 10, 2009 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Chandradasan said...

Thank u Upendra....and let me know ur reactions to that article

September 10, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

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