Books That Inspire 2011

The Empty Space
Peter Brook

Since it was published in 1968, director Peter Brook’s book The Empty Space has been required reading for all theatre artists. Based on a series of his lectures, Brook breaks down all theatre-going experiences into four categories: The Deadly Theatre, The Rough Theatre, The Immediate Theatre and The Holy Theatre. His passionate, conversational insight into what is broken in "bad" theatre (Deadly Theatre) illuminates the traps that every performance faces. Ultimately, his goals of the Holy Theatre ("Theatre of the Invisible-Made-Visible") define theatre artists' ideals: resounding connection between performer and audience that is only available in a live setting.

Kasey Allee-Foreman
Production Manager & Costume Designer, OU Opera Theatre
College of Fine Arts