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Professor Emerita releases sixth edition of textbook

March 03, 2014

  • Professor Emerita Arnold and Jessica Holmes B.A. '11 (who worked with Ms. Arnold at McGraw-Hill)

Professor Emerita of Theatre Stephanie Arnold has released the sixth edition of her textbook, The Creative Spirit: An Introduction to Theatre, published by McGraw-Hill. The changes in the new edition help the book adapt to the ever-changing, ever-colorful world of the theatre. For example, the sixth edition includes an entirely new chapter on theatre design, discussion of the pre- and postapartheid theatre of South Africa, and the full text and an accompanying production analysis of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 2012 Pulitzer Prize–winning play, Water by the Spoonful.

The book’s new edition draws on Arnold’s professional experiences from across the globe. In 2010, she traveled to Grahamstown, South Africa, and produced a film with Kemi Coutinho B.A. ’12. That film appears as part of the book’s online component and provides a fun and fascinating bonus for buyers. Additionally, the book’s new chapter draws from Arnold’s work at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California.