Style for Actors

A Handbook for Moving Beyond Realism

Author: Robert Barton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 416

View: 329

Style for Actors is an award-winning handbook and the definitive guide to roles in historical drama. Anyone who has ever struggled with capes, fans, swords, doublets and crinolines should make this third edition their constant companion. The past is a foreign country, and this outstanding book is concerned with exploring it from the actor's point of view. Specific guides to each major period give readers a clear map to discover a range from Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration and Georgian theatre to more contemporary stylings, including Futurism, Surrealism and Postmodernism. New material in this edition covers commedia dell'arte and non-Western forms of theatre, theatrical fusion, and developments in musicals and Shakespeare. The book's references, images, resource lists and examples have all been updated to support today's diverse performers. Robert Barton takes great care to present the actor with the roles and genres that will most commonly confront them. Containing a huge resource of nearly 150 exercises, suggestions for scene study and applications not only for theatrical performance but also for stylistic challenges in the reader's own offstage life, this book is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of Acting and Drama.

Style for Actors

Author: Robert Barton

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 340

View: 989

Style for Actors guides your advanced acting students beyond contemporary American realism into the less familiar territory of historical periods and genres.

Style For Actors 2nd Edition

A Handbook for Moving Beyond Realism

Author: Robert Barton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 336

View: 338

"Style is a journey from tourist to native. It is living in the world of the play, not just visiting it." - from Chapter One Anyone who has ever struggled with capes, fans, swords, doublets and crinolines should make Style for Actors 2nd Edition their constant companion. Robert Barton has completely updated his award winning handbook for the 21st century with contemporary references and up-to-date illustrations. This is the definitive guide to roles in historical drama. The past is a foreign country, and this outstanding book is concerned with exploring it from the actor’s point of view. Specific guides range from Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration and Georgian theatre to more contemporary stylings, including Futurism, Surrealism and Postmodernism. Barton takes great care to present the actor with the roles and genres that will most commonly confront them. His analysis moves from entire genres to specific scenes and characters. A huge resource of nearly 150 practical exercises helps a newfound understanding of style to make the leap from page to performance.

Style for Actors

A Handbook for Moving Beyond Realism

Author: Robert Barton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 416

View: 303

Style for Actors is an award-winning handbook and the definitive guide to roles in historical drama. Anyone who has ever struggled with capes, fans, swords, doublets and crinolines should make this third edition their constant companion. The past is a foreign country, and this outstanding book is concerned with exploring it from the actor's point of view. Specific guides to each major period give readers a clear map to discover a range from Greek, Elizabethan, Restoration and Georgian theatre to more contemporary stylings, including Futurism, Surrealism and Postmodernism. New material in this edition covers Commedia dell'arte and non-Western forms of theatre, theatrical fusion and developments in musicals and Shakespeare. The book’s references, images, resource lists and examples have all been updated to support today's diverse performers. Robert Barton takes great care to present the actor with the roles and genres that will most commonly confront them. Containing a huge resource of nearly 150 exercises, suggestions for scene study and applications not only for theatrical performance but also for stylistic challenges in the reader’s own offstage life, this book is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of acting and drama.

Style

Acting in High Comedy

Author:

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

View: 348

(Applause Books). This book isn't a critical examination of high comedy. Rather, it's a collection of suggestions for the middlemen: the actors who have to catch the comic spark from the playwright and pass it on to the audience. The effort involved must be imperceptible: one has to acquire the cleverness, the articulacy, the febrility of the characters and then make the whole laborious exercise seem like swimming through silk...The characters in high comedies don't find verbal sophistication difficult or unfamiliar; they enjoy it as you might enjoy slang.

Greek and Roman Actors

Aspects of an Ancient Profession

Author: Lecturer Department of Classics Edith Hall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 510

View: 336

Collection of essays exploring all aspects of the actor in the Greek and Roman worlds.

Acting with Style

Author: John Harrop

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 597

Recognized as a classic in its field, Acting with Style continues to be an invaluable guide to the process of approaching plays. The Third Edition retains all of the significant facts, data, information, and exercises, and offers a clear and warm writing style that expresses a sensitivity to the needs of actors. In addition to presenting the physical approach to actor training, the authors encourage readers to use the text materials and concepts with creativity and imagination, asserting that the process of discovering language is not limited to one specific time, place, or culture. For actors.

Styles of Acting

A Scenebook for Aspiring Actors

Author: Elaine Adams Novak

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN:

Category: Acting

Page: 180

View: 152

Contains 30 practice scenes for 2 or 3 actors covering basic acting styles. Also gives interpretation suggestions and exercises.

Acting with Style

Author: John Harrop

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Acting

Page:

View: 125

Recognized as a classic in its field, Acting with Style continues to be an invaluable guide to the process of approaching plays. The Third Edition retains all of the significant facts, data, information, and exercises, and offers a clear and warm writing style that expresses a sensitivity to the needs of actors. In addition to presenting the physical approach to actor training, the authors encourage readers to use the text materials and concepts with creativity and imagination, asserting that the process of discovering language is not limited to one specific time, place, or culture.

Acting Emotions

Shaping Emotions on Stage

Author: Elly Konijn

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 736

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.

Styles of Theater Acting

Author: Sunita Dhir

Publisher: South Asia Books

ISBN:

Category: Acting

Page: 149

View: 626

The study seeks to clarify myths and concepts about the different styles of acting on the stage. All the major styles of acting-melodramatic, biomechanical, expressionist, symbolist, psychological-naturalist, epic theater-have been included in the book. The discussion of acting styles is marked by lucidity of expression and clarity of argument chastened by a deep insight of a practitioner of the various styles. The study brings into sharp focus the mechanics and dynamics of each acting style and gives a clear and useful guidance to its practitioner as to how to exploit himself as a player whose instrument, too, he himself is. Frequent reference to the Indian performance scenario makes the book eminently meaningful to the Indian theater person and theater lovers. Several interesting, penetrating conclusions have been thrown up. Such as the theater and acting may be realist-theatrical or theatrical-realist, pointing out the duality of their nature. Or, the basic training on the art of acting in same for all actors, only they have to wear about themselves different techniques for shifting over one to the other acting style-or even the medium. Or, how a muddle-headed theoretical understanding of a style may lead to encountering an impact or communication dynamically opposed to the one intended-a sort of a law of reversal operating in the theater.

Method Actors

Three Generations of an American Acting Style

Author: Steve Vineberg

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN:

Category: Method (Acting)

Page: 364

View: 630

Method Actors is a compelling new history of the pervasive influence of the Method, the preeminent acting style in America for more than 50 years. Vinberg appraises method actors; illustrates the profound changes to the Method in the 1980s; and offers original portraits of some of today's finest actors. 16-page insert.

Audience and Actors

A Study of Their Interaction in the Japanese Traditional Theatre

Author: Jacob Raz

Publisher: Brill Archive

ISBN:

Category: Actors

Page: 307

View: 948

Actors and Onlookers

Theater and Twentieth-century Scientific Views of Nature

Author: Natalie Crohn Schmitt

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 163

View: 453

Looks at the scientific basis for theories of drama, and explains how Cage's ideas have affected modern theater.

The Actor's Survival Handbook

Author: Patrick Tucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 331

Worried about short rehearsal time? Think that fluffing your lines will be the end of your career? Are you afraid you'll be typecast? Is there such a thing as acting too much? How should a stage actor adjust performance for a camera? And how should an actor behave backstage? The Actor's Survival Handbook gives you answers to all these questions and many more. Written with verve and humor, this utterly essential tool speaks to every actor's deepest concerns. Drawing upon their years of experience on stage, backstage, and with the camera, Patrick Tucker and Christine Ozanne offer forthright advice on topics from breathing to props, commitment to learning lines, audience response to simply landing the job in the first place. The book is rich with examples - both technical and inspirational. And because a director and an actor won't always agree, the two writers sometimes even offer alternative responses to a dilemma, giving the reader both an actor's take and a director's take on a particular point. Like Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting, this new book is written with wit and passion, conveying the authors' powerful conviction that success is within every actor's grasp.

In the Company of Actors

Reflections on the Craft of Acting

Author: Carole Zucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 329

In the Company of Actors is a wonderful ensemble of entertaining and illuminating discussions with sixteen of the most celebrated and prestigious actors in contemporary theatre, film and television. The impressive list of actors includes: Eileen Atkins, Alan Bates, Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Brenda Fricker, Nigel Hawthorne, Jane Lapotaire, Janet McTeer, Ian Richardson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Anthony Sher, Janet Suzman, David Suchet, and Penelope Wilton. Carole Zucker covers a wide range of topics including the actors' main childhood influences, their actor training, early acting experience, preparation for roles and sound advice for coping with actors' problems such as creative differences with other actors or directors.

Acting: Onstage and Off

Author: Robert Barton

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

View: 467

ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF demonstrates how offstage performance can be effectively adapted for the theatre, as well as how onstage training can be applied toward leading a full life outside the theatre. Barton's humorous and conversational writing style helps students learn all phases of actor training, including scene study, auditioning, observation, and mind, voice and body relaxation techniques. The use of examples from daily life instead of dramatic literature facilitates student understanding and leads to meaningful class discussion based on everyday experiences. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Image of Truth

The Evidence of a Natural Style of Acting in the Elizabethan Theatre C. 1600

Author: Charles Larimore Etheridge

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Acting

Page: 486

View: 117

Romantic Actors and Bardolatry

Performing Shakespeare from Garrick to Kean

Author: Celestine Woo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

View: 549

Especially those who have sensed that the denial of the mother's voice has played a critical role in their own self-alienation and its melancholy moods, will discover that this book has much to offer them as well." Donald Capps, Princeton Theological Seminary --Book Jacket.

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

Author: James Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 694

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, Sixth Edition teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to evaluate its potentials for performance and production. This new edition offers a more streamlined experience for the reader and features new and revised content, such as a fully updated chapter on postmodern drama, new sections on Associative Thinking and Ambiguous Terms in the Introduction, and revised appendices featuring The Score of a Role and expanded treatments of Functional Analysis for Designers and Further Questions for Script Analysis. Explorations of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter summaries, and stimulating questions that will allow actors, directors, and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work. An excellent resource for students of Acting, Script Analysis, Directing, and Playwriting courses, this book provides the tools to effectively bring a script to life on stage.