Tackling Text [and Subtext]

A Step-by-step Guide for Actors

Author: Barbara Houseman

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 318

View: 883

A handbook for students, actors and teachers, on how to cope with text, character and situation.

Actors' Yearbook 2014

Author: Simon Dunmore

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 486

View: 497

Actors' Yearbook is an established and respected directory that enables actors to find work in stage, screen and radio. It is the only directory to provide detailed information for each listing and specific advice on how to approach companies and individuals, saving hours of further research. From agents and casting directors to producing theatres, showreel companies and photographers, Actors' Yearbook editorially selects only the most relevant and reputable contacts for the actor. Articles and commentaries provide valuable insight into the profession: auditions, interviews and securing work alongside a casting calendar and advice on contracts and finance. This is an incredibly useful professional tool in an industry where contacts and networking are key to career survival. The listings detailed in this edition have been thoroughly updated alongside fresh advice from industry experts.

Teaching Strategies for Neurodiversity and Dyslexia in Actor Training

Sensing Shakespeare

Author: Petronilla Whitfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 218

View: 792

Teaching Strategies for Neurodiversity and Dyslexia in Actor Training addresses some of the challenges met by acting students with dyslexia and highlights the abilities demonstrated by individuals with specific learning differences in actor training. The book offers six tested teaching strategies, created from practical and theoretical research investigations with dyslexic acting students, using the methodologies of case study and action research. Utilizing Shakespeare’s text as a laboratory of practice and drawing directly from the voices and practical work of the dyslexic students themselves, the book explores: the stress caused by dyslexia and how the teacher might ameliorate it through changes in their practice the theories and discourse surrounding the label of dyslexia the visual, kinaesthetic, and multisensory processing preferences demonstrated by some acting students assessed as dyslexic acting approaches for engaging with Shakespeare’s language, enabling those with dyslexia to develop their authentic voice and abilities a grounding of the words and the meaning of the text through embodied cognition, spatial awareness, and epistemic tools Stanislavski’s method of units and actions and how it can benefit and obstruct the student with dyslexia when working on Shakespeare Interpretive Mnemonics as a memory support and hermeneutic process, and the use of color and drawing towards an autonomy in live performance This book is a valuable resource for voice and actor training, professional performance, and for those who are curious about emancipatory methods that support difference through humanistic teaching philosophies.

The Shakespeare Workbook and Video

A Practical Course for Actors

Author: David Carey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 138

The Shakespeare Workbook and Video provides a unifying approach to acting Shakespeare that is immediately applicable in the rehearsal room or classroom. It is an easy-to-use text providing practical exercises in specific aspects of Shakespeare's language such as meter, imagery, rhetoric and sound play. In each of these areas, it takes the reader through three steps: Speak the Text, Question the Text and Act the Text. Online video material provides an insight into the acting process and shows the authors teaching a workshop in their method for acting Shakespeare to a group of young actors. The Shakespeare Workbook and Video is the go-to textbook for a practical exploration of Shakespeare's canon.

Theatre Studies

Author: Kenneth Pickering

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 891

An interactive text covering the requirements of undergraduate and diploma courses in theatre, drama and performing arts, successfully integrating both practical and theoretical work. The authors draw on considerable experience of contemporary practice and provide fascinating examples of theatre at work through text and improvisation.

Mastering the Audition

How to Perform under Pressure

Author: Donna Soto-Morettini

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 256

View: 755

Frustrating, nerve-wracking, job-winning or job-losing, flawed yet necessary - auditioning is a maddening business for everyone involved. The people behind the audition desk are looking for a killer audition (often under tremendous pressure), but most of the auditionees walk into the room feeling nervous, unprepared, and unable to control their own performance. Although the idea of creating 'winning performance strategies' is common in business and sports studies, no one has ever really attempted to bring the psychology of creating a winning performance to a book on auditioning. Drawing on some fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the brain copes and responds in high-stress situations, Mastering the Audition looks closely at the effects of fear, at our flawed ability to assess or really know ourselves, at what really drives us, and at what it really takes to master the audition experience. Applicable to all areas of performing, including reality television, musicals, stage, film and commercials, this book helps you hone your performing skills and develop the mental toughness that can keep you going through the inevitable ups and downs of the audition process. Where other books advise you to 'be confident' and 'be prepared', Mastering the Audition tells you exactly HOW.

Stage Combat Arts

An Integrated Approach to Acting, Voice and Text Work + Video

Author: Christopher DuVal

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 156

The art of armed and unarmed stage combat thrills actors and audiences alike the world over. This book details many of the foundational techniques used by actors studying stage combat and actor-movement disciplines. A variety of specific training exercises are described that connect the actor's imagination to a cohesive and meaningful actor-training curriculum – integrating stage combat with the actor's process of developing a fully embodied awareness of the physical life of the character. Developing physical awareness and dexterity is an essential component of an actor's training and rehearsal processes. Engagement, connection, the ability to listen and respond with authenticity, clarity, flexibility, intentionality, tactical response, variety are all helpful aspects for the actor studying combat movement. With practical exercises and expert advice, Stage Combat Arts allows the actor to further hone their emotional connection and extension, breath and voice, intention and focus, movement and freedom, and their ability to connect physically to imagery and text – disciplines that are at the foundation of actor-training – all through the art of combat movement.

The Verbal Arts Workbook

Author: David Carey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 215

View: 621

Teaches actors how to develop verbal skills in order to release the expressive potential of language.

The Opera Singer's Acting Toolkit

An Essential Guide to Creating A Role

Author: Martin Constantine

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 320

View: 254

The complete dramatic toolbox for the opera singer – a step-by-step guide detailing how to create character, from auditions through to rehearsal and performance and formulate a successful career. Drawing upon the innovative approach to the training of young opera singers developed by Martin Constantine, Co-Director of ENO Opera Works, The Opera Singer's Acting Toolkit leads the singer through the process of bringing the libretto and score to life in order to create character. It draws on the work of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Lecoq, Laban and Cicely Berry to introduce the singer to the tools needed to create an interior and physical life for character. The book draws on operatic repertoire from Handel through Mozart to Britten to present practical techniques and exercises to help the singer develop their own individual dramatic toolbox. The Opera Singer's Toolbox features interviews with leading conductors, directors, singers and casting agents to offer invaluable insights into the professional operatic world, and advice on how to remain focused on the importance of the work itself.

The Voice Over Book

Don't Eat Toast

Author: Stephen Kemble

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

View: 507

'How I wish this book had been available to me when I started my voiceover career!' Miriam Margolyes A concise handbook outlining the skills, the know-how and the business of voiceovers, with a particular focus on the UK industry. Stephen Kemble, a voiceover artist and voice coach, and David Hodge, who has worked as a sound engineer, voice director and as Company Manager at a voice agency, offer specialist advice on all areas of voiceover work, including commercials, narration, audio books, animation and dubbing. Knowing your voice Understanding and acquiring the skills of a voiceover How to prepare for recording sessions Technical aspects and protocol of working in a studio Knowing your personal strengths, making the all-important showreel and finding an agent Looking after your voice Dealing with dyslexia Tips from agents, producers, engineers and voiceovers Terminology An ideal guide for anyone who has a curiosity about voiceovers and what's involved.