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Richer Resources Publications, 2014. A rollicking farcical comedy, Niccolò Machiavelli’s 1524 play is an important step in theatre history…

Acting in Shakespeare
Acting In Shakespeare
This newly revised and expanded second edition of Cohen’s distinguished work on Shakespearean acting (2005) is available in an inexpensive paperback...

Acting One/Acting Two
Acting One/Acting Two
McGraw-Hill, 2008 This is the fifth edition of Cohen’s Acting One (which is also available separately) combined with the second, fully revised edition...

Acting Professionally
Acting Professionally
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 Now in its seventh, completely revised edition, and co-authored with distinguished casting director James Calleri. Regarded...

Acting Power: the 21st Century Edition
Acting Power
“If you have to/need to read a book about acting, here it is, all of it. Study it, know it.” --Sir Patrick Stewart ‘Robert Cohen’s book, Acting...

Working Together in Theatre
Working Together in Theatre
Robert Cohen draws on fifty years of acting, directing and teaching experience in order to illustrate how the world's great theatre artists combine collaboration...

Eleventh Edition McGraw-Hill 2016 The newest edition of Cohen’s best-selling introduction to theatre: its nature, history and practical components...

Machiavelli: the art of Terror
Machiavelli: the art of Terror
New play by Robert Cohen (Formerly “The Prince”) The play (under the title The Prince) premiered at the California Repertory Theatre in Long Beach...

Eight Plays for Theatre
Eight Plays for Theatre
Eight representative plays from the Greeks to the present, six of which are used as historical models in Cohen’s Theatre Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannos...

Theatre, Brief Edition
Tenth Edition McGraw-Hill, 2013 A condensation of the full version of Cohen's best-selling Theatre, which includes all of its chapters on theatrical...

Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny
Giraudoux Three Faces Destiny
A scholarly analysis of the plays of French dramatist Jean Giraudoux. University of Chicago Press, 1968. "Professor Cohen brings to his analysis of...

The Bourgeois Gentleman
1996 Encore Press edition Translation published by, and rights available from Encore Performance Publishing. Production directed at UC Irvine, 1986. Review...


Founding Chair of Drama at the University of California at Irvine in 1965, Robert Cohen became the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama in 1982, and the University’s Distinguished Professor of Research in 2015. He is, in roughly equal measure, a director, playwright, translator, drama critic, acting theorist and acting teacher, but is most widely known as the author of a dozen-plus books and three dozen-plus articles on acting, directing and theatre — including Acting One, for the last three decades the best-selling acting text in the United States.

Born in Washington DC in 1938, Cohen took his
undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College
and UC Berkeley, receiving his Doctor of
Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama
in 1965, at which point he joined
the charter faculty of the newly-
founded Irvine campus.
Now retired after 50
years on…

Robert Cohen teaching, UCI, Feb. 2007

Photography by Laurencine Lot


“The 11th editions of Theatre and Theatre: Brief Edition, now co-authored by Professors Robert Cohen
and Donovan Sherman, will appear via McGraw-Hill in January, 2016.”

To be released in January, 2016

Robert Cohen Teaching, UCI, Feb. 2007