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A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor
  • Author : Melissa Bruder
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-04-25
  • Total pages :112
  • ISBN : 9780307499134
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Summary : This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor
  • Author : Melissa Bruder
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1986
  • Total pages :94
  • ISBN : 9780394744124
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Summary : 6 working actors describe their methods and philosophies of the theater. All have worked with playwright David Mamet at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : OCLC:1011726475
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Essential Acting

Essential Acting
  • Author : Brigid Panet
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-03-04
  • Total pages :296
  • ISBN : 9781134022939
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Summary : HOW DO ACTORS FUSE THOUGHT, EMOTION and ACTION WITHIN THEIR CREATIVE PROCESS? Essential Acting is an inspired and reliable toolbox for actors and teachers in the classroom, the rehearsal room and the workshop. RADA’s Brigid Panet has distilled 50 years of acting, directing and actor training into a unique recipe which brilliantly combines the teachings of Stanislavski and Laban into an invaluable practical resource. These exercises are built around the need for simple, achievable techniques that can be applied by actors, teachers and directors to answer the myriad requirements of actor training. The goal is to produce a continuous level of achievement, addressing: How to rehearse How to work with a text How to audition for drama school How to access the truth of feelings and actions Essential Acting will be a must-have purchase for anyone looking for a comprehensive study guide to the necessary work of the actor.

The Michael Chekhov Handbook

The Michael Chekhov Handbook
  • Author : Lenard Petit
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-09-10
  • Total pages :182
  • ISBN : 9781135277352
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Summary : 'Petit's words go right to the heart of Chekhov's technique ... Anyone looking for a key to understanding more about Michael Chekhov's technique will devour it.' – Jessica Cerullo, Michael Chekhov Association, NYC The Michael Chekhov technique is today seen as one of the most influential and inspiring methods of actor training in existence. In The Michael Chekhov Handbook, Lenard Petit draws on twenty years of teaching experience to unlock and illuminate this often complex technique. Petit uses four sections to guide those studying, working with or encountering Chekhov's approach for the first time: the aims of the technique – outlining the real aims of the actor the principles – acting with energy, imagination and creative power the tools – the actor’s use of the body and sensation the application – bringing the technique into practice The Michael Chekhov Handbook’s explanations and exercises will provide readers with the essential tools they need to put the rewarding principles of this technique into use. Lenard Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City. He teaches Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Rutgers University. He was a contributor and co-creator of the DVD, Master Classes in The Michael Chekhov Technique, published by Routledge.

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice
  • Author : Barbara Houseman
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002
  • Total pages :270
  • ISBN : 0878301674
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Summary : Finding your voice can be used as a resource by actors at all levels, form students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.

Devising Theatre

Devising Theatre
  • Author : Alison Oddey
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-11
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9781136111969
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Summary : Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After identifying the unique nature of this type of performance, the author examines how devised theatre is perceived by professional practitioners, and provides an historical overview illustrating how it has evolved since the 1960s. Alison Oddey examines the particular working practices and products of a number of professional companies, including a Reminiscence theatre for the elderly and a theatre-in-education group, and offers ideas and exercises for exploration and experimentation.

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook
  • Author : Lola Cohen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-12-08
  • Total pages :222
  • ISBN : 9781315471488
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Summary : The Method Acting Exercises Handbook is a concise and practical guide to the acting exercises originally devised by Lee Strasberg, one of the Method's foremost practitioners. The Method trains the imagination, concentration, senses and emotions to ‘re-create’ – not ‘imitate’ – logical, believable and truthful behavior on stage and in film. Building on nearly 30 years of teaching internationally and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles, Lola Cohen details a series of specific exercises in order to provide clear instruction and guidance to this preeminent form of actor training. By integrating Strasberg's voice with her own tried and tested style of teaching, Cohen demonstrates what can be gained from the exercises, how they can inform and inspire your learning, and how they might be applied to your acting and directing practice. As a companion to The Lee Strasberg Notes (Routledge 2010), a transcription of Strasberg's own teaching, The Method Acting Exercises Handbook offers an unparalleled and updated guide to this world renowned technique.

Thinking Like a Director

Thinking Like a Director
  • Author : Michael Bloom
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002
  • Total pages :230
  • ISBN : 0571214568
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Summary : Based on twenty years of directing and teaching experience, Thinking Like a Director is a practical handbook that aims to convey the experience of directing and the theatrical mindset that successful directors possess. Michael Bloom details a comprehensive technique that covers every stage of a production - from the director's first reading of the play through to the final rehearsals. He isolates and identifies all of the key elements both for dramatic interpretation and working with actors and other theatre professionals, and integrates them into a single method. Concise and engaging, Michael Bloom's book is for anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, 'But what I really want to do is direct'.

On Method Acting

On Method Acting
  • Author : Edward Dwight Easty
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-07-11
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9780307823779
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Summary : Practiced by such actors of stature as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, and Ellen Burstyn (not to mention the late James Dean) the Method offers a practical application of the renowned Stanislavsky technique. On Method Acting demystifies the "mysteries" of Method acting -- breaking down the various steps into clear and simple terms, including chapters on: Sense Memory -- the most vital component of Method acting Improvisation -- without it, the most integral part of the Method is lost Animal Exercises -- just one way to combat the mental blocks that prevent actors from grasping a character Creating The Outer Character -- so actors can give the freshness of originality to a role while at the same time living the life of the character On Method Acting is also an indispensable volume for directors, designers, lighting technicians, and anyone in the dramatic arts interested in creating a believable and realistic effect in their productions.

Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics

Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics
  • Author : Troy Dobosiewicz
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-09-23
  • Total pages :148
  • ISBN : 9781000458619
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Summary : Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics uses constructivist pedagogy to teach acting via Practical Aesthetics, a system of actor training created in the mid-1980s by David Mamet. The book melds the history of Practical Aesthetics, Practical Aesthetics itself, educational theory, and compatible physical work into the educational approach called Praxis to create a comprehensive training guide for the modern actor and theatre instructor. It includes lesson plans, compatible voice and movement exercises, constructivist teaching materials, classroom handouts, and a suggested calendar for Acting courses. Written for Acting instructors at the college and secondary levels, Acting scholars, and professionals looking for a new way to perform, Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics offers detailed instructions to help students sharpen their performing skills and excel on stage.

The Professional Actor's Handbook

The Professional Actor's Handbook
  • Author : Julio Agustin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-02-02
  • Total pages :228
  • ISBN : 9781442277731
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Summary : Pursuing an acting career is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to shrug off rejection. It also requires an ability to navigate the pitfalls of an often precarious profession. While there are many books that attempt to teach people how to act, there are few books that show individuals what it takes to succeed as a working professional. The Professional Actor’s Handbook: From Casting Call to Curtain Call provides individuals with strategies that will help them successfully negotiate every stage of their careers. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals looking to transition their careers to the next level, this book is a much needed guide. Among the many topics covered in this book, the authors demonstrate how to: Create a Captivating Resume Take a “Perfect” Headshot Compile a Complete Rep Book Conquer Audition Nerves Establish an Online Presence Finance a Developing Career Other strategies address how to network, how to survive while building a performing arts career, and even how to organize your home office. Featuring sample resumes and business cards, insights from industry experts—including agents and casting directors—and a list of resources, this book offers invaluable guidance—including advice on how to negotiate a contract. Along with audition manuals and repertoire binders, The Professional Actor’s Handbook is a vital reference that belongs on every aspiring performer’s bookshelf.

True and False

True and False
  • Author : David Mamet
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-09-07
  • Total pages :144
  • ISBN : 9780307806499
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Summary : One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.

Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook

Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook
  • Author : John Rudlin
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2002-09-11
  • Total pages :296
  • ISBN : 9781134945870
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Summary : There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzi or comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues. No other book so clearly outlines the specific culture of Commedia or provides such a practical guide to its techniques. This immensely timely and useful handbook will be an essential purchase for all actors, students, and teachers.

The Intent to Live

The Intent to Live
  • Author : Larry Moss
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005-12
  • Total pages :358
  • ISBN : 9780553381207
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Summary : The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

The Stanislavski System

The Stanislavski System
  • Author : Sonia Moore
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1984-10-02
  • Total pages :112
  • ISBN : 9781101562581
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Summary : This clearly written guide to the Stanislavski method has long been a favorite among students and teachers of acting. Now, in light of books and articles recently published in the Soviet Union, Sonia Moore has made revisions that include a new section on the subtext of a role. She provides detailed explanations of all the methods that actors in training have found indispensable for more than twenty years. Designed to create better actors, this guide will put individuals in touch with themselves and increase personal sensitivity as well.

About Acting

About Acting
  • Author : Peter Barkworth
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1980
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : UCSC:32106006696659
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Summary : This book is on every aspect of acting. Topics include the connection between speech and movement, how to cope with bad dialogue, the subject of concentration and more.

The Actor's Dilemma

The Actor's Dilemma
  • Author : Sandra B. Kahn
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-03-01
  • Total pages :196
  • ISBN : 9781438949826
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Summary : A 15 yr old fan of the reigning actor of the day is found mutilated and virtually unidentifiable. Detective work blames the last person to see her alive, the actor Gordon Chandler. Newly single and stunningly handsome he cannot believe this is happening to him, but the journalist assigned by a national magazine to cover it agrees, and plays along with the detective to aid Gordon. The relationship between Gordon and Erica gets serious. DNA matches are inexplicably close and he goes into hiding with Erica. Although everyone else related to the murderer has been contacted, they cannot find his bodyguard. What light can he shed on the investigation? How do romantic and familial problems further complicate Gordon's life and this case? As more of his family's secrets are uncovered his problems seem to increase. But everything has a reason and an answer - we learn the whole truth in the end.

The Real Life Actor

The Real Life Actor
  • Author : Jeff Seymour
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-05-02
  • Total pages :196
  • ISBN : 0692210253
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Summary : There is a sense that permeates most acting classes which promotes the idea that acting is hard and you need to do a bunch of traditional steps if you're ever going to get anywhere. The flame of this concept is kept lit for two reasons. One is tradition. Successful actors and teachers in our theatrical history supposedly believed in or espoused such ideas and two; it is easier for teachers and actors to follow a path that is well worn. Actors feel intimidated to challenge the ideas and teachings of past masters. But isn't that exactly how every field of endeavor evolves? Think of where we'd be in science or medicine or sports if no one questioned past methods or tried to discover new ones. This book will show you an approach that is direct and to the point, an approach that will be far easier to remember and utilize. We'll use real life. We call it acting only because people are watching. "If you're an actor, this book will restore your sanity." Steven Pressfield, Author: The War of Art, Turning Pro, The Legend of Bagger Vance

Actions

Actions
  • Author : Marina Caldarone,Maggie Lloyd-Williams
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2004
  • Total pages :158
  • ISBN : 1854596748
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Summary : A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way. 'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson

Stanislavski and the Actor

Stanislavski and the Actor
  • Author : Jean Benedetti
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-12-04
  • Total pages :150
  • ISBN : 9781136758034
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Summary : First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.