New from TCG Books: Staging Story Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director

By Erin Salvi posted 07-05-2022 15:42

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2022 || CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg,, 212-609-5941

New from TCG Books
Staging Story
Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director
by Robert Moss and Wendy Dann


NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Staging Story: Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director by Robert Moss and Wendy Dann.

“With a no-nonsense and blessedly candid approach, Bob Moss and Wendy Dann have written not only an indispensable practicum for the young director, but also a delightful refresher course for the working director. The authors encourage and challenge us to engage our theatrical imaginations for a lifetime of storytelling on a multitude of stages.” —Michael Mayer, Tony Award–Winning Director

By focusing on five fundamentals for staging a play—Story, Intention, Character, Space, and Theme—veteran theater directors Robert Moss and Wendy Dann help stage directors learn how to build their own practice and begin to master the daunting task of staging a story.

Staging Story delivers on its promise to introduce the fundamentals of directing to beginning directors. The book is personal, practical, entertaining, and filled with insight. The emphasis is on storytelling and on the ways to turn narrative into effective, communicative moments onstage.” —Anne Bogart, Co-Artistic Director, SITI Company

Robert Moss is an American director and the founder of Playwrights Horizons in New York City. He helped develop Theatre Row on West 42nd Street and has been the artistic director at both the Hangar Theatre and Syracuse Stage.

Wendy Dann served as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre for seven seasons, and her regional directing work includes Dallas Theater Center, Alliance Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, and Syracuse Stage.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, leads for a just and thriving theatre ecology. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres and affiliate organizations and over 7,000 Individual Members. Through its programs and services, TCG reaches over one million students, audience members, and theatre professionals each year. TCG offers networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, including the annual TCG National Conference, one of the largest nationwide gatherings of theatre people; awards grants and scholarships to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG's partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 19 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. TCG believes its vision of “a better world for theatre, and a better world because of theatre” can be achieved through individual and collective action, adaptive and responsive leadership, and equitable representation in all areas of practice. TCG is led by executive director and CEO Teresa Eyring and deputy director and COO Adrian Budhu. 

Staging Story

Five Fundamentals for the Beginning Stage Director

By Robert Moss and Wendy Dann

120 pages

June 2022






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