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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...

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

This fifth edition of Cohen’s first and second acting books – now combined – was acknowledged in two unrelated 20th century college dissertations as the best-selling acting textbook in America…

Acting Professionally – 8th Edition

Now in its eighth, completely revised edition, and co-authored with James Calleri, the distinguished casting director

Acting Power: the 21st Century Edition
“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...

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
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 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
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...

The Misanthrope
By Molière, translated and directed by Robert Cohen A rhyming translation set in the play’s time (1666) but with a contemporary energy; staged at...


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

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Robert Cohen Teaching, UCI, Feb. 2007