If you're just learning voice and speech and movement and dance and acting
technique, you're not going to have any opinions or attitudes about politics, ... It's
what stands in the way of an actor having authentic human behavior on stage.
Author: Anna Weinstein
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Acting for the Stage is a highly accessible guide to the business of theater acting, written for those interested in pursuing acting as a profession. This book is a collection of essays by and interviews with talented artists and businesspeople who have built successful careers in the theater; it’s a goldmine of career advice that might take years to find on your own. Herein, the myths around professional acting are dispelled, and the mysteries revealed. Acting for the Stage illuminates practical strategies to help you build a life as a theater professional and find financial rewards and creative fulfillment in the process. Contains essays by and interviews with working stage actors, acting coaches, directors, writers, and agents. Features discussions on selecting a graduate school program, choosing acting classes and workshops, making the most out of your showcase, landing an agent, networking and promoting yourself, and the business of casting. Covers issues of money management, balancing the highs and lows of the profession, finding work to nourish your acting career, and building your creative team and support network.
The book offers a unique view of how actors act out emotions and how this acting out is intimately linked to the development of contemporary theatre.
Author: Elly Konijn
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Actors and actresses play characters such as the embittered Medea, or the lovelorn Romeo, or the grieving and tearful Hecabe. The theatre audience holds its breath, and then sparks begin to fly. But what about the actor? Has he been affected by the emotions of the character he is playing? What'sgoing on inside his mind? The styling of emotions in the theatre has been the subject of heated debate for centuries. In fact, Diderot in his Paradoxe sur le comedien, insisted that most brilliant actors do not feel anything onstage. This greatly resembles the detached acting style associated with Bertolt Brecht, which, in turn, stands in direct opposition to the notion of the empathy-oriented "emotional reality" of the actor which is most famously associated with the American actingstyle known as method acting. The book's survey of the various dominant acting styles is followed by an analysis of the current state of affairs regarding the psychology of emotions. By uniting the psychology of emotions with contemporary acting theories, the author is able to come to the conclusion that traditional acting theories are no longer valid for today's actor. Acting Emotions throws new light on the age-old issue of double consciousness, the paradox of the actor who must nightly express emotions while creating the illusion of spontaneity. In addition, the book bridges the gap between theory and practice by virtue of the author's large-scale field study of the emotions of professional actors. In Acting Emotions, the responses of Dutch and Flemish actors is further supplemented by the responses of a good number of American actors. The book offers a unique view of how actors act out emotions and how this acting out is intimately linked to the development of contemporary theatre.
The book analyzes the differences between theatre, film, and television acting, providing the theatre trained actor with specific approaches for making the transition to on-camera work. This second edition is thoroughly revised and updated.
Author: Ian Bernard
Publisher: CRC Press
Film and Television Acting offers solid techniques for creating a natural, believable performance for film and television. The reader will discover techniques for listening and reacting, blocking and business, character, focus, the closeup, and comedy as they pertain to acting in front of a camera. The book analyzes the differences between theatre, film, and television acting, providing the theatre trained actor with specific approaches for making the transition to on-camera work. This second edition is thoroughly revised and updated. The book contains numerous scenes and exercises, including sample scenes from Cheers and Seinfeld, which provide the reader with ways to practice the specific techniques outlined by the author. Included are interviews with well-know actors and directors: Don Murray, Norman Jewison, and Emmy award winner, Glenn Jordan, to name a few. These interviews illustrate how the professionals apply their training and technique to filmed performances. There is also a chapter-length interview with John Lithgow, in which the actor provides a first-hand account of the differences of acting for the theatre and for the camera.
The book is divided into three sections: the first examines the relationship between the actor and the camera and how it differs from that of a performer with a stage audience; the second addresses the technical skills the screen actor ...
Author: Bill Britten
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The camera enables us to see right into a character's soul, revealing his or her innermost thoughts and emotions. Screen acting requires a more rigorously truthful and spontaneous performance than the stage, as well as very different technical expertise. From Stage to Screen is a handbook for the professional actor packed with advice on how to make the transition and fully prepare for a TV or film role. The book is divided into three sections: the first examines the relationship between the actor and the camera and how it differs from that of a performer with a stage audience; the second addresses the technical skills the screen actor needs in order to work as part of a large collaborative team and 'make the shot work'; and the third explores the very different experience of an actor working on a screen project, including getting the job, how to prepare properly, what to expect and how to manage the whole process, from casting through to ADR, in order to deliver the very best work.
This practical manual for teaching acting is really a drama course or two in a book, and can be used by veteran teachers, new teachers, actors from junior high through college, and little theater groups.
Author: Julian S. Schlusberg
This practical manual for teaching acting is really a drama course or two in a book, and can be used by veteran teachers, new teachers, actors from junior high through college, and little theater groups. Written by an award-winning high school drama teacher with over twenty-five years of experience, it contains both an introductory course and an advanced course, in a lesson-by-lesson format, as well as sections on scene study and relaxation/warm-up exercises which are basic to both. These separate courses are sequential and cumulative but complement each other and are adaptable to any group. Each lesson - twenty-nine in the beginning course, and forty in the advanced - includes lists of materials needed, step-by-step procedures, and outlines of the objectives, all tempered with the practical advice of a wise and compassionate teacher. Sample charts, diagrams, forms, and worksheets are here, too. Theater games found in the introductory course may be used as warm-ups, or, in fact, entire classes, in either of the two courses. But apart from teaching acting techniques; blocking; stage areas; creating characters; improvisation; and all the skills of the stage, Mr. Schlusberg never loses sight of the fact that theater is meant to encourage growth. With subtlety and deftness he shows how acting training can increase awareness of character, environment, senses, and emotions in developing more fulfilled human beings.
This book considers the multifarious styles of acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921.
Author: David F. Kuhns
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book considers the multifarious styles of acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921.
Using new interview material with actors, directors and writers, this book explores the challenges of performance in documentary theatre.
Author: Tom Cantrell
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Using new interview material with actors, directors and writers, this book explores the challenges of performance in documentary theatre. Through a series of high profile case studies, Cantrell uses acting theory to examine the actors' complex processes, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of stage performance.
Ian Bernard analyses the differences between theatre, film and television acting, providing the student or theatre trained actor with specific approaches for making the transition from stage to on-camera work.
Author: Ian J. Bernard
Analyzes the differences between theatre, film and television acting, and provides the theatre-trained student with solid tehniques for creating a natural, believable performance for film and television. The text is revised to include new exercises and interviews.
This book leads the student clearly and expertly forward towards stepping confidently upon the stage and then feeling thoroughly at home there. Book jacket.
Author: John Hester
Publisher: Crowood Press
Aimed at all practising and would-be actors.
An Essay on the Stage; or, the Art of Acting An Essay on the Stage; or, The Art of
Acting: A Poem (Edinburgh: Printed, and sold by John Yair, 1754). British Library,
shelfmark l465.h.11. Printed anonymously and signed merely 'A Comedian', the ...
Author: Lisa Zunshine
During the eighteenth century, treatises on the science of elocution, gesture and naturalness abounded. This title draws together a representative selection of the most difficult-to-access texts in the period. It helps cultural historians to examine the place of stagecraft in the eighteenth-century imagination.
This richly illustrated book surveys representations of the stage and acting from manuscript illuminations, stained glass, sculpture, woodcarving, wall paintings, and the woodcuts that appear in playbooks produced by the first English ...
Author: Clifford Davidson
Publisher: Western Michigan Univ Medieval
This richly illustrated book surveys representations of the stage and acting from manuscript illuminations, stained glass, sculpture, woodcarving, wall paintings, and the woodcuts that appear in playbooks produced by the first English printers.
In the meantime, doing good work as an actor in summer stock, dinner theatre,
even good community theatre, is perfectly acceptable as you tackle satisfying and
challenging roles that will give you confidence, experience and the skills you ...
Author: Joe Deer
Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second edition include: A brand new companion website for students and teachers, including Powerpoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and checklists for projects and exercises. Learning outcomes for each chapter to guide teachers and students through the book’s core ideas and lessons New style overviews for pop and jukebox musicals Extensive updated professional insights from field testing with students, young professionals, and industry showcases Full-colour production images, bringing each chapter to life Acting in Musical Theatre’s chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.