In his 1562 narrative poem The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet , Arthur Brooke translated Boaistuau faithfully but adjusted it to reflect parts of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde .  There was a trend among writers and playwrights to publish works based on Italian novelles —Italian tales were very popular among theatre-goers—and Shakespeare may well have been familiar with William Painter 's 1567 collection of Italian tales titled Palace of Pleasure .  This collection included a version in prose of the Romeo and Juliet story named "The goodly History of the true and constant love of Romeo and Juliett" . Shakespeare took advantage of this popularity: The Merchant of Venice , Much Ado About Nothing , All's Well That Ends Well , Measure for Measure , and Romeo and Juliet are all from Italian novelle . Romeo and Juliet is a dramatisation of Brooke's translation, and Shakespeare follows the poem closely but adds extra detail to both major and minor characters (in particular the Nurse and Mercutio).   
GUTHRIE Tribes, Dollhouse. THEATER Josh has designed lighting at many of the top regional theaters in the country including the Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Alliance Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Geva Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PlayMakers Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse. TEACHING Adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. AWARDS Received the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers Grant; Member of the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. EDUCATION ., NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.