Summer Reading List

In the past week, I've gone from being a blogging machine, to a reading machine.  The pile of reading material on my desk just continues to grow and grow.  So, today, rather than waxing philosophical, I'm going to share my "Required" and "Recommended" reading lists with you aspiring theatre developers out there.


1.  The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide by David Spencer.

2.  The Commercial Theatre Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals by Frederic B. Vogel and Edited by Ben Hodges.

3.  Producing Theatre:  A Comprehensive Legal and Business Guide by Donald C. Farber.


1. Back issues of The Dramatist Guild magazines.  (Robby was a fellow last year, so I've inherited his collection, but I imagine you can find them all at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center.)

2.  Practical Intuition for Success, by Laura Day.  (If you are open to non-traditional ways of looking at developing a business or enterprise.  I'll admit, I'm not religious about doing all the journaling and written exercises, but I've still found the book to be very useful.)

3.  Real Simple magazine.  (Because you are going to need a palate cleanser after all this other dense stuff.)


1.  What Mother's Say About Special Education by Jan Valle.  (A book that documents the experiences of 15 mothers whose children labeled learning disabled attended public schools during the last four decades...for a completely different theatrical project that I am co-developing.)

2.  "Choose the Frog of Your Dreams" by T.D. Glidden. (A beautiful children's novel manuscript by my friend, and first college roommate....hopefully, published and available soon!)

3.  Seeing & Believing:  How to Teach Media Literacy in the English Classroom.  (One of the required texts that my grad students will have to read for my course.  It never hurts to re-read the books you are making your students read.)

4.  A Teacher's Guide to Using 1776 and Related Primary Sources for Teaching Social Studies and English.  (A nice little intersection between my "day job" and my "dream job."  I can dissect the musical 1776 from a librettists/lyricists point of view while simultaneously prepping for the professional development workshop I have to do next month on using popular media to teach the Revolutionary War.

Now, it's back to the books for me.