Department Reading List

NMSU Theatre Arts Departmental Reading List

(updated 7/15/2019)


Aeschylus                             Oresteia (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides)

Albee, Edward                      Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Anonymous                          Everyman, Abraham and Isaac

Aristophanes                        Lysistrata

Auburn, David                      Proof

Baitz, Jon Robin                   Other Desert Cities

Beckett, Samuel                   Endgame, Happy Days, Waiting for Godot

Booth Luce, Clare                The Women

Brecht, Bertolt                      The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage and Her Children

Chekhov, Anton                   The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters

Churchill, Caryl                    Cloud 9

Coward, Noel                       Hay Fever, Private Lives

Cruz, Nilo                              Anna in the Tropics

Dumas fils, Alexandre           La Dame aux Camélias

Etherege, George                The Man of Mode

Euripides                              The Bacchae  Hippolytus, Medea

Farquhar, George                The Beaux’ Stratagem

Feydeau, Georges               A Flea in Her Ear

Frayn, Michael                     Copenhagen, Noises Off

Fugard, Athol                       Master Harold and the Boys, The Road to Mecca

Gay, John                             The Beggar’s Opera

Glaspell, Susan                    Trifles

Gogol, Nicolai                      The Inspector General

Guare, John                        The House of Blue Leaves

Gunderson, Lauren             Silent Sky

Hansberry, Lorraine             A Raisin in the Sun

Hellman, Lillian                    The Children’s Hour

Henley, Beth                         Crimes of the Heart

Hwang, David Henry             M. Butterfly

Ionesco, Eugene                  The Bald Soprano, The Chairs

Ibsen, Henrik                        A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Master Builder

Jones, LeRoi                        Dutchman

(Amiri Baraka)

Jonson, Ben                          Volpone

Kanin, Garson                      Born Yesterday

Kaufman, George S.

and Moss Hart                     The Man Who Came to Dinner, Once in a Lifetime

Kushner, Tony                      Angels in America I: Millennium Approaches

LaBute, Neil                          The Shape of Things

Lorca, Federico Garcia        Blood Wedding, The House of Bernada Alba

Lillo, George                         The London Merchant

Mamet, David                       Oleanna

Margulies, Donald               Dinner With Friends

Marlowe, Christopher          Doctor Faustus

Medoff, Mark                       Children of a Lesser God, When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder

Middleton, Thomas

and William Rowley             The Changeling

Miller, Arthur                       After the Fall, Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge

Molière                                The Misanthrope, Tartuffe

Nichols, Peter                      Passion Play

Norman, Marsha                  ‘night, Mother

Odets, Clifford                      Awake and Sing!, Waiting For Lefty

O’Neill, Eugene                    Beyond the Horizon, Desire Under the Elms, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Mourning Becomes Electra

Orton, Joe                             Loot, What the Butler Saw

Parks, Suzan-Lori                The America Play

Pinter, Harold                      The Homecoming

Pirandello, Luigi                  Six Characters in Search of an Author

Priestley, J.B.                       An Inspector Calls, Time and the Conways

Racine, Jean                        Phaedra

Rostand, Edmond                Cyrano de Bergerac

Ruhl, Sarah                          The Clean House

Saroyan, William                  The Time of Your Life

Sartre, Jean Paul                 No Exit

Shaffer, Anthony                 Murderer

Shaffer, Peter                      Equus

Shakespeare, William         Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night

Shaw, George Bernard       Candida, Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Shepard, Sam                     Buried Child, True West

Sheridan, Richard              Brinsley The Critic, The School for Scandal

Simon, Neil                          Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sophocles                           Antigone, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus

Steele, Richard                   The Conscious Lovers

Stoppard, Tom                     Arcadia Travesties

Strindberg, August              Miss Julie, The Father

Treadwell, Sophie                Machinal

Valdez, Luis                          Zoot Suit

Vogel, Paula                        How I Learned to Drive

Wasserstein, Wendy            The Heidi Chronicles, Uncommon Women and Others

Webster, John                      The Duchess of Malfi

Wedekind, Frank                 Spring Awakening

Weiss, Peter                        Marat/Sade

Wilde, Oscar                        The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Salome

Wilder, Thornton                 Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth

Williams, Tennessee           Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire

Wilson, August                    Fences

Wycherley, William              The Country Wife

Musical Theatre



Gershwin, George

and Dubose Heyward           Porgy and Bess

Kander, John

and Fred Ebb                       Cabaret

Kirkwood, James

and Marvin Hamlisch,

Edward Kleban                     A Chorus Line

Larson, Jonathan                 Rent

Laurents, Arthur, and

Leonard Bernstein,

Stephen Sondheim               West Side Story

Laurents, Arthur, and

Stephen Sondheim,

Jule Styne                            Gypsy

Lerner, Alan J. and

Frederick Loewe                    Camelot, My Fair Lady

Rodgers, Richard, and

Oscar Hammerstein II             Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, South Pacific

Sondheim, Stephen,

and James Goldman                Follies

Sondheim, Stephen

and Hugh Wheeler                  A Little Night Music

Stein, Joseph, and

Jerry Bock, Sheldon

Harnick                                    Fiddler on the Roof


Musical Theatre History

Leon, Ruth                   “The Sound Of Musical”

McMillin, Scott              “The Musical As Drama”

Miller, Scott                  “Strike Up The Band: A New History of Musical Theatre”



Aesthetics, Theory, History, and Criticism


Adler, Stella                                                  “The Art of Acting”

Barton, Robert                                             “Style for Actors”

Bogart, Anne, and Tina Landau                   “The Viewpoints Book”

Bruder, Melissa                                            “A Practical Handbook for the Actor”

Chekhov, Michael                                        “To the Actor”

Chekhov, Michael                                        “On the Technique of Acting”

Cohen, Robert                                            “Acting One”

Cole, Toby, and Helen Chinoy                     “Actors on Acting”

Hagen, Uta                                                  “Respect for Acting”

Hagen, Uta                                                  “A Challenge for the Actor”

Meisner, Sanford                                        “Sanford Meisner on Acting”

Shurtleff, Michael                                        “Audition”

Stanislavsky, Constantine                          “An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, Creating a Role”



Arnold, Janet                                                “Pattern of Fashion” (2 volumes)

Corson, Richard                                           “Stage Makeup”

Cunningham, Rebecca                                “The Magic Garment”

Ingham, Rosemary, and Liz Covey               “The Costume Technician’s Handbook”

Laver, James                                                “The Concise History of Fashion”



Albert, David                                                 “Rehearsal Management for Directors”

Brook, Peter                                                 “The Empty Space”

Cole, Toby, and Helen Chinoy                       “Directors on Directing”

Jones, David Richard                                   “Great Directors at Work”


History, Theory, and Criticism

Aristotle                                                        “Poetics”

Bentley, Eric, ed.                                          “Theory of the Modern Stage”

Brockett, Oscar                                            “History of the Theatre” (10th edition)

Caputi, Anthony, ed.                                    “Eight Modern Plays”

Carlson, Marvin                                           “Theories of the Theatre”

Clurman, Harold                                          “The Fervent Years”

Dukore, Bernard, ed.                                  “Dramatic Theory and Criticism”

Golden, Leon, and O.B. Hardison              “Aristotle’s Poetics: A Translation and Commentary for Students of Literature”

Hart, Moss                                                  “Act One”

Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed.                                    “The Theatre: A Concise History” (4th ed)

Jacobus, Leo, ed.                                      “The Bedford Introduction to Drama”  (7th ed)

Miller, Arthur                                               “Timebends”

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques                           “Politics and the Arts” (“Letter to M. D’Alembert”)



Hays, David                                                   “Light on the Subject”

Pilbrow, Richard                                            “Stage Lighting”

Rosenthal, Jean                                            “The Magic of Light”

Schiller, Brad                                                “The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook”

Shelley, Steven Louis                                   “A Practical Guide to stage Lighting”



Thurston, James                                          “Theatre Props Handbook”


Set Design

Aronson, Arnold                                          “American Set Design”

Carter, Paul, and George Chiang               “Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information”

Crabtree, Susan, and Peter Beudert          “Scenic Art for the Theatre”

Payne, Darwin Reid                                    “Design for the Stage”

Jones, Robert Edmund                               “The Dramatic Imagination”

Ma, Wenhai                                                “Scene Design: Rendering and Media”

Pecktal, Lynn                                              “Designing and Drawing for the Theatre Designing and Painting for the Theatre”

Rose, Rich                                                  “Drafting Scenery for Theatre, Film, and Television”

Woodbridge, Patricia, and Hal Tine             “Designer Drafting and Visualizing for the Entertainment World”





A.S. Gillette/J. Michael Gillette               “Stage Scenery: It’s Construction and Rigging”

John Holloway                                        “Illustrated Theatre Production Guide”

Jay O. Glerum                                        “Stage Rigging Handbook”

J. Michael Gillette                                   “Theatrical Design and Production”




Collison, David                                             “Stage Sound”