A Practical Handbook for the Actor

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.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Essential Acting

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 ...

Essential Acting

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 nearly 60 years of acting, directing and actor training into a unique recipe which brilliantly combines the teachings of Stanislavsky 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

The Michael Chekhov Handbook is a practical guide to Chekhov’s supportive techniques for actors, fully updated with new exercises that examine the relationship between the sensations of the physical body and the imagination.

The Michael Chekhov Handbook

The Michael Chekhov Handbook is a practical guide to Chekhov’s supportive techniques for actors, fully updated with new exercises that examine the relationship between the sensations of the physical body and the imagination. Lenard Petit draws on twenty-five years of teaching experience to unlock and illuminate Michael Chekhov’s philosophy, and offers guiding principles and effective tools that actors can apply in rehearsal and performance. The second edition focuses on the building blocks of drama and an exploration of the five senses as an expressive springboard, with a new section on the function of the Archetype in the Chekhov method. Theory and practice are treated here with clarity and simplicity. Dedicated to students and teachers of acting, The Michael Chekhov Handbook provides readers with the essential tools they need to put the rewarding principles of this technique into use.

A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend

A guide directed toward the men in women's lives explains how to negotiate the complex minefield of male-female relationships and offers helpful strategies, and advice for becoming a better boyfriend.

A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend

A guide directed toward the men in women's lives explains how to negotiate the complex minefield of male-female relationships and offers helpful strategies, and advice for becoming a better boyfriend.

How to Succeed in Musical Theater Without Really Trying

You are still in reality; it's just that you have entered the reality of a musical. This book will help you understand the skills and techniques required to sing and act simultaneously within the musical theater song.

How to Succeed in Musical Theater Without Really Trying

What would you do if you were walking down a street and suddenly the person beside you broke into song? You're just minding your own business and this weirdo next to you begins singing about how often he has walked this street before, but when he's done it in the past, the pavement always stayed beneath his feet. Would you assume that this man was several stories high and walk faster? While trying to get away from this potentially dangerous weirdo, you turn a corner and come face to face with a malicious street gang whose members are armed with switchblades and zip guns. Most likely you would assume you had entered some alternative reality. The key word here is reality. You are still in reality; it's just that you have entered the reality of a musical. This book will help you understand the skills and techniques required to sing and act simultaneously within the musical theater song.

The Expressive Body

The Expressive Body looks at intentional and unintentional movement and gesture as they inform characterization, and how those factors can be used by the actor to enhance performance.

The Expressive Body

The Expressive Body looks at intentional and unintentional movement and gesture as they inform characterization, and how those factors can be used by the actor to enhance performance.

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook is a concise and practical guide to the acting exercises originally devised by Lee Strasberg, one of the Method's foremost practitioners.

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook is a concise and practical guide to the acting exercises originally devised by Lee Strasberg, one of the Method's foremost practitioners. The Method trains the imagination, concentration, senses and emotions to ‘re-create’ – not ‘imitate’ – logical, believable and truthful behavior on stage and in film. Building on nearly 30 years of teaching internationally and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles, Lola Cohen details a series of specific exercises in order to provide clear instruction and guidance to this preeminent form of actor training. By integrating Strasberg's voice with her own tried and tested style of teaching, Cohen demonstrates what can be gained from the exercises, how they can inform and inspire your learning, and how they might be applied to your acting and directing practice. As a companion to The Lee Strasberg Notes (Routledge 2010), a transcription of Strasberg's own teaching, The Method Acting Exercises Handbook offers an unparalleled and updated guide to this world renowned technique.

Laban s Efforts in Action

This book outlines Ewan's practical process, which allows the actor to understand their own movement and that of others by exploring one key part of Laban's work: the 'Efforts of Action Drive'.

Laban s Efforts in Action

As an actor, awareness of your movement is the key to transformation. By making deliberate physical choices, you can fully and articulately embody different ways of being: you can come someone or something else. Laban's Efforts give you a way of identifying and making these choices. Working with them helps the actor to create wholly present and physically ambitious performances. This book outlines Ewan's practical process, which allows the actor to understand their own movement and that of others by exploring one key part of Laban's work: the 'Efforts of Action Drive'. This complete, stage-by-stage, working process has been developed through more than thirty years of work with actors in the studio. Clear instructions for practical exercises are woven throughout the book, as well as exciting ways to apply the work in rehearsal, performance and on set. This allows the actor to learn and apply Laban's Efforts for themselves. Full video and audio resources allow the reader to experience the practical work in action. "Vanessa Ewan's work with Laban and the Efforts, as you will find in this inspired book, provides performers with an incredibly fertile foundation from which to create. She has found an astoundingly practical way of applying Laban's work to the quest of being a fully embodied actor. You will find tools in this book that will open door after door to your own creativity and awaken you to the endless possibility of what you can create on stage and on screen." Andrew Garfield, actor

The Rehearsal Handbook for Actors and Directors

In exploring the art of rehearsal, this book reveals innovative approaches, explaining how actors and directors can work together and separately to achieve the best results.

The Rehearsal Handbook for Actors and Directors

Publisher's description: The Rehearsal Handbook is for all actors, directors and theatre makers who want to make the most of their rehearsal time. This book brings the best practice into the open by exploring the art of rehearsal, suggesting new approaches, and explaining how actors and directors can work together and separately to achieve the best results. Topics covered include: an historical overview of rehearsal practice; the role of the director and actor and their relationship reviewed; how to start directing; from auditioning to dress rehearsal and the whole process covered; how games and improvization can be used as rehearsal tools and, finally, tips on devising for both the director and actor.

To the Actor

He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of ...

To the Actor

In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal