“Very evocative and inspiring. Anyone who is interested in how theater gets made should read this book. Most especially anyone who wants to direct theater should read it.”
Cynthia Nixon, Tony Award-winning actress
“Written over time, this is a first-person story of the evolution of a stage director. New directors will learn, seasoned directors will remember, and all theatre lovers will enjoy this insightful and human journey from page to stage.”
Zelda Fichandler, director, Theatre Hall of Fame
“Wonderful – clear, compassionate and thorough. It gave me so many jolts of reality. A really valuable book, written with such ease and feeling.”
Austin Pendleton, OBIE Award-winning director
“Directing Plays, Directing People by Mary Robinson is an intelligent and very useful guide for both the professional and the casual theatre lover toward understanding the relationship between the director, the actor and the playwright in the complex task of properly translating the play from the page to the stage.”
Edward Albee, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
“As a professional actor taking up directing, this book guides me tremendously. The way Mary shares her feelings about the playwright, the audience, and the actors is so familiar, comforting, and helpful. I learned so much. I will carry this with me from now on. This is my manual now.”
Judith Ivey, Tony Award-winning actress
“Mary Robinson has taken her years on the boards and in the classroom and made a noteworthy contribution to books on stagecraft. Directing Plays, Directing People is more than a pithy nuts-and-bolts manual on directing, it is also a frank and entertaining memoir of a life in the theater.”
Donald Margulies, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
“This is an incredibly smart, clear, accessible and comprehensive look into a director’s process that feels more like an empowering conversation than a how-to book on directing. I felt welcomed into a very frank and down-to-earth discussion with Mary and her various collaborators. She is able to both demystify the art of directing while inspiring theater artists of all levels of experience. Anyone interested in making theater should read this…not just directors.”
Anne Kauffman, OBIE Award-winning director
“Directing Plays, Directing People unfolds like a good mystery. Theatre director Mary B. Robinson offers us a front row seat in a backstage world brimming with frustrations and fears as well as the passions and joys of creation. With expertise, humor, and zest, Robinson opens the door of the rehearsal hall and invites the reader into an exciting hidden world.”
Helen Sheehy, author of Eleonora Duse: A Biography
“Many people have said that the job of a director defies defining, but Mary Robinson demystifies the role of the director, and shares the dynamics of directing with humor, candor and intelligence. Every artist or interested theatre professional should expand their own understanding of what a director does, and read Mary Robinson’s book.”
Laura Penn, Executive Director, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
"A journey of discovery that is also a very personal memoir...The vigor of Directing Plays, Directing People rests on Mary Robinson’s insights into shepherding the collaborative process of a professional family of artists reinforced by her experience with the collaboration required for a successful personal life."
Arthur Bartow, editor, The Director's Voice
“Directing Plays, Directing People is a celebration of everything that I love about the process of making and sharing theater. It is told from an informed, passionate and personal perspective by Mary Robinson who brings a lifetime of experience as a director to the writing. The book is thorough and accessible and covers every stage of preparation and process with an emphasis on the collaborative aspect of the art form. The heat of her love of the theater emanates from every chapter, which makes the book a real page-turner."
Anne Bogart, Head of MFA Directing Program, Columbia University
“What a joy to have Mary Robinson's Directing Plays, Directing People as a new resource for all our students of Directing. Refreshingly honest, generous and intuitive, Mary's book will serve as a perfect blueprint for any young artist of the theatre, and will provide a solid and realistic blueprint for teacher and student alike. Like Bill Ball's A Sense of Direction, I trust Directing Plays, Directing People will become a staple of directing curriculums across the country."
Melia Bensussen, Chair, Department of Performing Arts, Emerson College