Actioning - and How to Do It

Author: Nick Moseley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848424234


Page: 160

View: 2098

Actioning - and How to Do It is the indispensable companion to a vital component in every actor's toolkit. Actioning is one of the most widely used rehearsal techniques for actors. It helps bring clarity to every moment or thought in the text, energising rehearsals and bringing performances to life. Actioning will enable you to discover and unlock newfound energy, range, variety and clarity of body and voice, by: Interrogating the text and making initial action verb choices Playing your chosen actions, both verbally and physically Maintaining an imaginative and emotional connection with each moment Signposting each thought to your scene partner From the publishers of the internationally successful Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus, this is the first in-depth exploration of Actioning for student actors, those who train them, and professionals working in the industry, whether they're brand new to the technique or have been practising it for years. This step-by-step guide draws on concepts from Stanislavsky, using sample scenes from classic plays such as The Seagull and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as contemporary pieces, and is filled with exercises to demonstrate the technique at work.


The Actors' Thesaurus

Author: Marina Caldarone,Maggie Lloyd-Williams

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854596741

Category: Drama

Page: 158

View: 3769

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

Inner Monologue in Acting

Author: R. Roznowski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137354291

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

View: 8718

What should an actor be thinking onstage? This overlooked, important question is the crux of this new book that combines psychological theory, numerous practical exercises, and a thorough and wide-reaching examination of inner monologue in various forms including film, musical theatre, and comedy.

Acting and Reacting

Tools for the Modern Actor

Author: Nick Moseley

Publisher: Theatre Arts Books

ISBN: 9780878302062

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 202

View: 3030

Emoting is not acting. Reproducing is not acting. Reacting is acting. With this powerful idea, Nick Moseley takes long-held views of actor training and opens them up to a productive new way of thinking about performance. Acting and Reacting stimulates thinking and reflection in both acting students and teachers. For too long, argues Nick Moseley, actor training has worked within superimposed concepts: on the one hand, the long tradition of Stanislavski, which has been countered more recently by the strongly anti-Stanislavskian views of David Mamet. Between the two, Moseley writes, is a creative way of thinking about acting that avoids extremes. Training is at the heart of acting, but training must fit the actor, not the other way round. Working with such concepts as emotional openness, trust and acceptance, setting boundaries, and artistic freedom, Acting and Reacting explores in depth techniques and exercises in transactional improvization and other tools for expanding the actor's skill set. With chapters on such important topics as inhabiting the space, learning to trust the body, and defamiliarization, and with ample techniques and suggestions, Acting and Reacting is a valuable tool for both actors and those who train them.

Acting with Passion

A Performer's Guide to Emotions on Cue

Author: Niki Flacks

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408185814

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

View: 8100

Based on the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mind-body psychology, Acting With Passion offers a revolutionary new approach to the age-old problems of the actor: dealing with nerves, engaging the body, quieting the inner critic, auditioning, creating a character, and even playing comedy. With this step-by-step guide, actors who have struggled with 'visualization' and 'emotional recall' can learn an alternative method of accessing feelings through the release of chronic, subtle muscular tensions that connect into the brain at lightning fast speed and can actually produce emotions on cue. Written with verve and accessibility, and using practical exercises to guide the actor through each stage, Acting With Passion is the must-have text for actors seeking that magical 'state of aliveness'.

An Actor's Craft

The Art and Technique of Acting

Author: David Krasner

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230357725

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 7508

This inspirational guide for advanced acting students brings together multiple ways of creating excellence in performance. David Krasner provides tried and tested exercises, a history of actor training and explores the complex relationships between acting theories and teachers. Drawing on examples from personal experience as an actor, director and teacher, An Actor's Craft begins with the building blocks of mind, body and voice, moving through emotional triggers and improvisation, to a final section bringing these techniques together in approaching a role. Each chapter contains accompanying exercises that the actor should practice daily. Combining theory and practice, this thought-provoking and challenging study of acting techniques and theories is for actors who have grasped the basics and now want to develop their knowledge and training further.

Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power

Everything You Need to Know about the Law of Attraction

Author: Bob Doyle

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781612830582

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 8811

Wondering how to make the Law of Attraction work in your life? With the publication of The Secret, the Law of Attraction has become a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, many people are still not getting the results they want and have been left disappointed and confused. Now motivational coach Bob Doyle, one of the teachers featured in the film version of The Secret, dispels the misconceptions and myths about the Law of Attraction and offers a practical, easy-to-use program for creating abundance and happiness. Doyle addresses head-on the objections, questions, and comments that many still have about creating abundance to get the things they want in life. Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power is a down-to-earth, no-hype, motivational approach to take control of your life and get the things you want. Doyle makes it clear that the Law is not a personal development tool you can use the right way or the wrong way; it's a profound statement of how energy works in the universe. It has to do with paying attention, recognizing where you are, and aggressively striving for what you want. It is all about passion, vision, and purpose. Get clear on your vision for your life, and follow a step-by-step plan to live your life by design.

Meisner in Practice

A Guide for Actors, Directors and Teachers

Author: Nick Moseley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848420878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

View: 9677

This book offers actors a step-by-step introduction to the salient features of the Meisner Technique and puts these to the test through a succession of practical exercises. The aim is to take the reader through the various stages of Meisner training, including addressing certain pitfalls and problems which the author has encountered in his own teaching.

Freeing Shakespeare's Voice

The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

Author: Kristin Linklater

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559366389

Category: Drama

Page: 224

View: 7970

A passionate exploration of the process of comprehending and speaking the words of William Shakespeare. Detailing exercises and analyzing characters' speech and rhythms, Linklater provides the tools to increase understanding and make Shakespeare's words one's own.

Theater for Beginners

Author: Richard Maxwell

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559367180

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 7383

A unique meditation on the art and practice of theater, from one of its most original thinkers and practitioners.

The Electric Baby

Author: Stefanie Zadravec

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

ISBN: 0822230119

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 60

View: 4498

When Helen causes a car accident that kills a young man, a group of fractured souls cross paths and connect around a mysterious dying baby who glows like the moon. Folk tales and folklore weave throughout this magical story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next.

The Michael Chekhov Handbook

For the Actor

Author: Lenard Petit

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135277354

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 6196

'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.

Staged Reading Magic

A Play Producer's Quick Guide for Turning a Free Staged Reading Into a Hot Theater Ticket

Author: Carole Schweid

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781575259123

Category: Theater

Page: 87

View: 6956

Packed with ideas, insider tips, and a touch of Broadway gossip! - this practical guide shows you, step by step, how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, memorable, theatrical experiences...and how to do it on a shoestring. Written for anyone who wants to produce a successful reading, including professional and community theaters, actors, directors, producers, fundraisers, and educators. "Staged Reading Magic" is that rare resource you'll return to again and again. Distilling lessons learned form over 100 productions by one of New England's most distinguished/premier theater programs, this idea-packed handbook is a theater production classic.

The Moving Body (Le Corps Poetique)

Teaching Creative Theatre

Author: Jacques Lecoq

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408141183

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 7992

'In life I want students to be alive and on stage I want them to be artists' Jacques Lecoq Jacques Lecoq was one of the most inspirational theatre teachers of our age. The International Theatre School he founded in Paris remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. In The Moving Body, Lecoq shares his unique philosophy of performance, improvisation, masks, movement and gesture which together form one of the greatest influences on contemporary theatre. Neutral mask, character mask, and counter masks, bouffons, acrobatics and commedia, clowns and complicity: all the famous Lecoq techniques are covered here - techniques that have made their way into the work of former collaborators and students inluding Dario Fo, Julie Taymor, Ariane Mnouchkine, Yasmina Reza and Theatre de Complicité. This paperback edition contains a Foreword by Simon McBurney, Artistic Director of Complicité and an Afterword by Fay Lecoq, Director of the International Theatre School in Paris.

Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric

A Guide for Actors, Directors and Playwrights

Author: Giles Taylor,Phlip Wilson

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783198176

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 2134

A practical and accessible guide to identifying and using rhetorical devices in plays, past and present. An unprecedented reference book for actors, directors, playwrights and teachers – written by practitioners for practitioners. Giles Taylor and Philip Wilson address in detail – yet in straightforward terms – the many different rhetorical forms used in drama, and enable the reader to analyze their effect. The study of rhetoric can give an insight into character and intention, thereby unlocking a text for a performer or director, and providing inspiration for contemporary playwrights. Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric may be read from cover to cover, or it may be dipped into: it is both an analytic tool and a reference for use in the rehearsal room or for study purposes. The book includes hundreds of examples, from almost 300 plays by 140 playwrights from the Renaissance to the modern day.

The Actor and the Target

Author: Declan Donnellan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781559362856

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 287

View: 6048

Alba Emoting

A Scientific Method for Emotional Induction

Author: Susana Bloch

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542548847


Page: 224

View: 2212

The actor is an 'athlete of emotions, ' says Antonin Artaud, and though actors are an extreme case, now, thanks to Alba Emoting, the capacity to regulate our emotions in a simple physical way, without mental intervention, is possible for everyone. Alba Emoting: A Scientific Method for Emotional Induction offers us the means to reexamine six basic emotions that are universal: joy, sadness, anger, fear, erotic, and tenderness; to recognize them accurately, without confusions, and to express them genuinely, just as children do. Mastering the triad of "breath + posture + facial expression," one can Step-Out from a feeling of anger, attain neutrality, or even better, enter into a tender mood; one can transform sadness or paralyzing fear into mobilizing joy. From such an encounter with the essential, we can observe and better understand the complex mixed emotions that we normally feel, realize the anxieties, the neuroses, the depressions, and also the wonderful sublime emotions, such as that of spirituality. "One can lie through the mouth; the accompanying gesture, however, tells the truth," says Nietzsche. Alba Emoting is a system that allows people to get into physical contact with their neurologically basic emotions, by using precise breathing patterns, postural attitudes, and facial expressions that go beyond words.


The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419704420

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 1124

This visual guide to writing creative and compelling fiction includes interesting and inspiring artwork as well as motivational tools and essays from today's top fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to help all aspiring authors.

Make it Happen

Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

Author: Lara Casey

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718022394

Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 5406

You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too. Make It Happen is for women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture working women who are struggling to "do it all" weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us. You know all those things you've always wanted to do?You should go do them.

Psychophysical Acting

An Intercultural Approach after Stanislavski

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134313357

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 6638

Psychophysical Acting is a direct and vital address to the demands of contemporary theatre on today’s actor. Drawing on over thirty years of intercultural experience, Phillip Zarrilli aims to equip actors with practical and conceptual tools with which to approach their work. Areas of focus include: an historical overview of a psychophysical approach to acting from Stanislavski to the present acting as an ‘energetics’ of performance, applied to a wide range of playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Kaite O’Reilly and Ota Shogo a system of training though yoga and Asian martial arts that heightens sensory awareness, dynamic energy, and in which body and mind become one practical application of training principles to improvisation exercises. Psychophysical Acting is accompanied by Peter Hulton’s interactive DVD-ROM featuring exercises, production documentation, interviews, and reflection.