Readings

We are thrilled to announce that the first book about The Performance Workshop and the rasaboxes is in the works! Michele Minnick, Paula Murray Cole, and Rachel Bowditch are cowriting and editing, with contributions from performance scholars including Richard Schechner, and from practitioners and teachers of the work from around the world. We expect it to be released by Routledge in 2018. In the meantime, here is a short list of resources relating to the rasaboxes.

The rasaboxes draw on ideas from various aesthetic traditions, theories and practices, as well as scientific studies on emotion, on movement modalities, on yoga and meditation, etc.. Therefore, there is a very large territory of reading one could traverse having relevancy for rasaboxes work. During rasaboxes training, we recommend articles, book chapters and essays from a number of sources, including excerpts from books on the following, incomplete list:

Articles on the Rasaboxes and Related Theories and Applications:

Download “Rasaesthetics”, by Richard Schechner

Download “The Actor as Athlete of the Emotions: The Rasaboxes Exercise”, an essay by Michele Minnick and Paula Murray Cole

Download¬†“Hip To Be Square”¬†Rasaboxes Associate Elise Forier-Edie’s article highlights experiences of high school teachers using rasaboxes with their students in Teaching Theatre Journal, Spring 2011.

Performance Aesthetics/Theory:
The Natyasastra. English translation and critical notes by Adya Rangacharya. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1996.
The Theatre and Its Double. Antonin Artaud. English translation by Mary C. Richard. New York: Grove Press, 1958.
The Transmission of Affect. Teresa Brennan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Acting as a Way of Salvation. David L. Haberman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Download “How To Watch A Hindi Film: The Example of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, by Sam Joshi, Education About Asia, Volume 9:1, 2004.

Books by Richard Schechner:
Performance Theory. Revised and expanded edition. London: Routledge, 2002.
Environmental Theater. New and expanded edition. New York: Applause,1994.
Between Theater and Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985.
Performance Studies: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2nd edition, 2006.

More publications by Richard Schechner.

Readings based on emotion science targeted for general population:
Emotions Revealed. Paul Ekman. New York: Owl Books, 2nd edition, 2007.
Telling Lies. Paul Ekman. New York: W.W. Norton, 3rd edition, 2001.
The Emotional Brain. Joseph LeDoux. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
The Second Brain. Michael Gershon. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.
Molecules of Emotion. Candace Pert. New York: Scribner, 1997.
“A Feeling For Fiction” by Keith Oatley (with a sidebar interview with Schechner and Cole), Greater Good Magazine, 2005. Psychologist and novelist Keith Oatley explains how fictional works nurture empathy and enhance our social and emotional lives. He uses theory of rasa to describe.

Readings about sense and sensation for general population:
A Natural History of the Senses. Diane Ackerman. New York: Random House, 1990.

Acting and Movement Education:
Making Connections. Peggy Hackney. Australia: Gordon and Breach, 1998.
As Others See Us. Ellen Goldman. New York: Gordon and Breach, 1994.
On the Technique of Acting. Michael Chekhov, edited by Mel Gordon. New York: Harper Perennial, 1991.
Movement for Actors. edited by Nicole Potter. New York: Allworth Press, 2002.

Studies in ideas of and approaches to peace and meditation practices:
The Power of Now. Eckert Tolle. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2004.
When Things Fall Apart. Pema Chodron. Boston: Shambhala, 2002.
Destructive Emotions. Daniel Goleman. New York: Bantam Books, 2003.
Thoughts Without a Thinker. by Mark Epstein. New York: Basic Books, Harper Collins, 1995.

and many more…