History of the Theatre
Brockett, O. G., & Hildy, F. J. (2008). History of the theatre (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
History of the Theatre is an exceptional reference tool as it includes worldwide theatre history, is edited frequently, and strives to be exhaustive in scope, Oscar Brockett was one of the foremost theatre history scholars until his death in 2010, and held an emeritus position in the University of Texas's prestigious Theatre and Dance program. This text is organized chronologically, contains many detailed, full-color maps and photos, and is often used as a basis for college- and graduate-level coursework.
German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage
Turner, A. M. (2000). "German expressionist theatre: The actor and the stage". Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 14(2), 161-164. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/2185646?accountid=14214
Perhaps of particular interest to directors, this resource contains an in-depth analysis and representation of the tradition of expressionism in the German Theatre in the early 20th century - when Woyzeck was first performed. This book goes into great detail, even including short memoirs of practitioners of this radical shift in European theatre during WWI. Because it allows readers to delve directly into the minds and experiences of those artists, a director or dramaturg can more adequately prepare to communicate similar ideas to his/her cast.
Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility: Landscape and Journey
Proehl, G. S., Kugler, D. D., Lamos, M., & Lupu, M. (2008). Toward a dramaturgical sensibility: landscape and journey. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
A lovely study and meditation, both philosophical and practical, on the role and essence of the dramaturgical process. Geoffrey Proehl captures the mercurial nature of the practice of dramaturgy and brings to it a uniquely and beautifully human tone, recognizing the inherent tensions and inconsistencies. This book can and should be a touchstone for dramaturgs, and perhaps all theatre practitioners, at every stage. The known, unknown, and unknowable of art are crucial delineations to be made, especially when considering a production of Woyzeck.