A Practical Handbook for the Actor Book
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A Practical Handbook for the Actor


  • Author : Melissa Bruder
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 2012-04-25
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN : 9780307499134

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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.

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A Practical Handbook for the Actor


  • Author : Melissa Bruder
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 1986
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 94
  • ISBN : 9780394744124

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6 working actors describe their methods and philosophies of the theater. All have worked with playwright David Mamet at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

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A Practical Handbook for the Actor


  • Author :
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2007
  • Category : Acting
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : OCLC:1011726475

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Essential Acting Book

Essential Acting


  • Author : Brigid Panet
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2009-03-04
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9781134022939

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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 Book

The Michael Chekhov Handbook


  • Author : Lenard Petit
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2009-09-10
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN : 9781135277352

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'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.

Directing Actors Book

Directing Actors


  • Author : Lee Michael Cohn
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2021-06-29
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 9781000402377

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Directing Actors: A Practical Aesthetics Approach is the first book to apply the Practical Aesthetics acting technique to the craft of directing. Lee Cohn lays out a step-by-step, no-nonsense methodology for the director that includes a deep dive into the mechanics of storytelling, the rehearsal process, working with writers, and the practical realities of the director’s job. Featuring end-of-chapter exercises, this book provides a clear and effective means of breaking down a script in order to tell a story with clarity, simplicity, and dramatic force and gives directors a clear working vocabulary that will allow effective communication with actors. The techniques in this book are applicable to any theatrical style and any media platform in which a director might work. Written in an accessible, conversational style, this book strips the process of directing down to its most essential components to explain how to become an "actor’s director." A must-read for students in directing courses and professional directors working with actors who prescribe to the Practical Aesthetics technique, as well as anyone interested in the process of working with actors, Directing Actors will help directors to get the very best their actors are capable of while approaching the work with a joyful, open spirit.

Finding Your Voice Book

Finding Your Voice


  • Author : Barbara Houseman
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Date : 2002
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 0878301674

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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.

Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics Book
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Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics


  • Author : Troy Dobosiewicz
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2019-09-23
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN : 9781000458619

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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.

Acting in Film Book
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Acting in Film


  • Author : Michael Caine
  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Date : 2000-02-01
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781476842752

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(Applause Books). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel

The Intent to Live Book

The Intent to Live


  • Author : Larry Moss
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Date : 2005-12
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN : 9780553381207

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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 Mask Handbook Book

The Mask Handbook


  • Author : Toby Wilsher
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2006-11-22
  • Category : Design
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9781134122400

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This book, from Europe’s leading Mask director and co-founder of the Trestle Theatre Company, provides a fascinating demystification of the process of using masks. Full of simple explanations, and collating over twenty-five years’ experience of writing for, directing and acting in masks, The Mask Handbook examines how masks have the ability to play the fundamental game of theatre – the suspension of disbelief. The Handbook includes: an introduction to the origin of masks advice on preparing, making and using masks tips on writing, devising and directing maskwork lots of fun and effective practical exercises. This accessible and inspiring handbook will empower teachers, directors and actors to fully explore the world of the mask.

True and False Book
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True and False


  • Author : David Mamet
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 2011-09-07
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9780307806499

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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.

The Real Life Actor Book

The Real Life Actor


  • Author : Jeff Seymour
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2014-05-02
  • Category :
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN : 0692210253

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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

At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions Book

At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions


  • Author : Thomas Richards
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2003-09-02
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : 9781134802456

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`I consider this book a precious report that permits one to assimilate some of those simple and basic principles which the self-taught at times come to know, yet only after years of groping and errors. The book furnishes information regarding discoveries which the actor can understand in practice, without having to start each time from zero. Thomas Richards has worked with me systematically since 1985. Today he is my essential collaborator in the research dedicated to Art as Vehicle.' - from the Preface by Jerzy Grotowski

Devising Theatre Book

Devising Theatre


  • Author : Alison Oddey
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Date : 2013-10-11
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781136111969

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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.