Here is a list of books that I found useful. They can all be found at amazon.com for reasonable prices:
For theatre in general -
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals - John Kenrick
The Perfect Stage Crew - John Kaluta
Play Directing in the School - David Grote
For Shakespeare specifically -
Speaking Shakespeare - Patsy Rodenburg
Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days - John Basil
Clues to Acting Shakespeare - Wesley Van Tassel
Let me know if you have specific questions about any of these. If I were to choose only 1 from each group, I'd go with the "Complete Idiot's Guide" as it gives a great overview of all that is involved in getting started with a drama program, and "Clues to Acting Shakespeare" as it is VERY new-director-friendly! :)
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I also like the Shakespeare Set Free series. I have the one for Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, but there are several books with 3-4 plays each in them. They are published by Washington Square Press and are from the Folger Teaching Shakespeare Institute.
Just to echo #2 I have found the Shakespeare Set Free series to be great assets to my teaching in terms of their focus on the subtext and giving teachers a toolkit to help students develop this area. I especially like the exercise which allows students to generate Shakesperian insults and go around insulting each other! Classic!
Awesome! I also use the Shakespeare Set Free series. However I also found enotes very helpful. I gave them summaries of the entire play, then act by act and scene by scene. I think it helped them access the language and the story.
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