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Production Collaboration in the Theatre: Guiding Principles

2021 // by Rufus Bonds Jr., Maria Cominis, Mark Ramont

Production Collaboration in the Theatre reveals the ingredients of proven successful collaborations in academic and professional theatre training, where respect, trust, and inclusivity are encouraged and roles are defined with a clear and unified vision.

Garnering research from conversations with over 100 theatre professionals on Broadway and in Regional and Educational Theatre, the authors provide multiple approaches to working together that are designed to help students and teachers of theatre discover and develop the collaborative tools that work best for them. Each chapter offers practical application with discussion prompts from real-life scenarios to practice and develop critical problem-solving skills necessary for theatre artists to navigate common collaboration challenges. Compelling topical case studies and insightful interviews invite readers to explore the principles of collaboration and inspire them to build joyful, equitable, and collaborative relationships in academic and professional settings.

Maria Cominis, actor, playwright, director, author

Maria Cominis is a first generation Greek American and lives, works and creates in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. She spent a decade in New York City as a working actor and teaching artist at the renowned, HB Studio. She is an accomplished actor in both theatre and television and also a published author and playwright. Her most recent play won two grants for a development workshop and submission for a National Endowment of the Arts. Her play also placed in the Bay Area Playwright’s festival in 2020. She co-authored Production Collaboration in the Theatre:Guiding Principles for Routledge, which will be released in 2022. Television: New Girl, Desperate Housewives, All My Children, One Life to Live. Theatre: Bernarda Alba, The Diviners, The Sea Gull, Ivanov. She is a Professor at CSUF and teaches acting and directs in the BFA Program. Actor Representation is MINC Talent Agency.

Her passion is in being a generous collaborator on any project. She is a mother, a professor and a force of feminist pride with passionate, Greek proportions.