Rowman & Littlefield is publishing The Stage Actor’s Handbook: Traditions, Protocols, and Etiquette for the Working and Aspiring Professional by established theatre pros Michael Kostroff (The ProducersLes Misérables) and Julie Garnyé (Cats, Come From Away) with a foreword by Jeff Daniels. 

The Stage Actor’s Handbook offers a multitude of unwritten yet well-established protocols assembled into one volume, allowing theatre artists to know in advance what is expected of them. A definitive guide for professionals and aspiring professionals alike, this book details best practices on everything from rehearsal demeanor to backstage etiquette. It also shares the theatre’s unique vernacular and revered superstitions, as well as field-tested guidelines on touring, interactions with the public, and more.

The Stage Actor’s Handbook also features bits of wisdom contributed by legendary stage actors, including Bebe Neuwirth, John Lithgow, Chita Rivera, Alfred Molina, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Harvey Fierstein, Sam Waterston, Jason Alexander, Cynthia Nixon, and Sir Patrick Stewart.

The authors have two launch events in New York City scheduled for this weekend:

Sardi’s Upstairs (234 W 44th Street) on Saturday, July 16 from 8-11pm for a book signing open to the public

The Drama Bookshop (266 W 39th Street) on Sunday, July 17 from 5-6pm for a reading and book signing’s-Handbook-Traditions-Protocols-and-Etiquette-for-the-Working-and-Aspiring-Professional