This book is a first: no one has ever written a book solely on women theatre directors before. From Minnie Maddern Fiske (b. 1865) to Tina Landau (b. 1962), Wendy Vierow and Anne Fliotsos have written fascinating essays on fifty women's careers in directing for the stage. What is unique about these accounts is that they focus on the subjects' accomplishments as directors rather than on some of their other better-known achievements. For example, much has been written about Ellen Stewart as the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, but never before has anyone explored in depth her innovative skill as a stage director. In each essay, the authors describe not only the subject's career history, but also her individual approach to the craft. Reading through the lives and accomplishments of these women is not only interesting, but also inspiring. American Women Stage Directors is a must-have for anyone interested in theatre, women's studies, or the creative process.