Acting for the Stage

Acting for the Stage

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.

Author: Anna Weinstein

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317370505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

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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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Stage Acting Techniques

Stage Acting Techniques

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

ISBN: 1861266863

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

View: 315

Aimed at all practising and would-be actors.
Categories: Performing Arts

Acting Emotions

Acting Emotions

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

ISBN: 9053564446

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 281

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Film and Television Acting

Film and Television Acting

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

Publisher: Focal Press

ISBN: 0240803019

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 157

View: 232

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Film and Television Acting

Film and Television Acting

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

ISBN: 9781136081736

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 396

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Essential Stage Movement

Essential Stage Movement

This book is supported by a Video Instructor course in Movement for Actor, which is available via the Internet at www.stagemovement.com.

Author: MR Edward Rozinsky

Publisher: Physical Theater Publishers, USA

ISBN: 0578074362

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

View: 488

Categories: Performing Arts

Acting in Documentary Theatre

Acting in Documentary Theatre

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

ISBN: 9781137019738

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 665

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.
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An Actor Prepares

An Actor Prepares

The first volume of Stanislavski's enduring trilogy on the art of acting defines the "System," a means of mastering the craft of acting and of stimulating the actor's individual creativeness and imagination.

Author: Konstantin Stanislavsky

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0878309837

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 313

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The first volume of Stanislavski's enduring trilogy on the art of acting defines the "System," a means of mastering the craft of acting and of stimulating the actor's individual creativeness and imagination.
Categories: Performing Arts

Screening the Stage

Screening the Stage

Playing to the Camera or the House : Stage Acting vs . Screen Performance
Everybody in the world is an actor . Conversation is acting . Man as a social
animal is an actor ; everything we do is some sort of a performance . But the actor
whose ...

Author: Bert Cardullo

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039110292

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 414

View: 291

This book examines the historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationships between theater and film. As we enter the 21st century, almost all artists, students, and critics working in theater will have had earlier and greater exposure to film than to theater. In fact, film has become central to the way in which we perceive and formulate stories, images, ideas, and sounds. At the same time, film and video occupy an increasingly significant place in theater study, both for the adaptation of plays and for the documentation and preservation of theatrical performances. Yet far too often theater and film artists, as well as educators, make the jump from one medium to the other without being fully aware of the ways in which the qualities of each medium affect content and artistic expression. This book is intended to fill such a gap by providing a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the effect that film and drama have had, and continue to have, on each other's development. Moreover, this study provides a history of the relationship between drama and cinema, starting with the pre-cinematic, late 19th-century impulse towards capturing spectacular action on the stage and examining the artistic and commercial interaction between movies and plays, both in popular and experimental work, throughout the 20th century. Important subjects treated in this book include stage versus screen acting, the adaptation process itself, the theatrical as well as the cinematic avant-garde, and the �portability� or adaptability of dramatic character.
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The Art of Film Acting

The Art of Film Acting

Acting on the stage is built on developing and understanding characters, and it
gives you confidence in handling yourself for auditions, both stage and film. All
characters need both a physical and emotional life. For some, you can
emphasize ...

Author: Jeremiah Comey

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136047213

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

View: 438

This guide for actors and directors develops a valid method for training performers to act from their core--whether they are cold reading, auditioning, or performing for film or television. This book teaches actors how to achieve and respond to believable and honest emotions before the camera, and it maintains that the key to a successful performance lies in how the actors relate to one another and to the circumstances. Exercises, including script examples, throughout the book give readers an easy resource for practicing the principles outlined. The Art of Film Acting applies a classic stage acting method (Stanislavsky) to the more intimate medium of performing before a camera, teaching readers to experience an emotion rather than to indicate it.
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From Stage to Screen

From Stage to Screen

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

ISBN: 9781472522641

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 618

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Actor and the Alexander Technique

The Actor and the Alexander Technique

the actor to ponder and resolve the physical demands of playing and filling the
theatrical space. 1. The Proscenium-arch Stage Most nineteenth- and twentieth-
century theatres are built with a proscenium-arch design with one, or perhaps two
, ...

Author: Kelly McEvenue

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781466886339

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, Alexander developed a performance coaching method that is used by dancers, actors, singers, etc. In The Actor and the Alexander Technique, Kelly McEvenue writes the first basic book about how this unique technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, dealing with injury and aging. She talks about specific productions that have successfully used the Alexander Technique, such as "The Lion King". With a foreword by Patsy Rodenburg of our own phenomenal The Actor Speaks this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Drama Handbook

The Drama Handbook

Teaching Acting Through Scene Work Davina Rubin. Stage Movement
Movement on the stage is known as blocking . Where the ... When a director tells
an actor to “ cross to stage left while saying a line , ” that is part of the blocking . A
director ...

Author: Davina Rubin

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 0673589153

Category: Education

Page: 128

View: 899

Educational resource for teachers, parents and kids!
Categories: Education

Theatre Arts on Acting

Theatre Arts on Acting

the public recognizes a tradition of convincing operatic acting in the Wagner
operas because of their very adaptability to the large operatic stage. The old
Italian and French operas, on the other hand, with their small scale action, have
had to ...

Author: Laurence Senelick

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134723751

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 534

View: 179

During its fifty year run, Theatre Arts Magazine was a bustling forum for the foremost names in the performing arts, including Stanislavski, Laurence Olivier, Lee Strasberg, John Gielgud and Shelley Winters. Renowned theatre historian Laurence Senelick has plundered its stunning archives to assemble a stellar collection of articles on every aspect of acting and theatrical life.
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Restoration Comedy in Performance

Restoration Comedy in Performance

The actor THE PRIMACY OF THE ACTING STYLE The burden of a play ' s
success falls on the performance of the actor , and even after a good ... This is
quite apart from the presence and magnetism of the individual actor on the stage
.

Author: J. L. Styan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521274214

Category: Drama

Page: 271

View: 126

Restoration comedy disappeared from the stage for nearly 200 years until it was revived early this century. Without the benefit of a performance tradition has suffered from an inappropriate literary and moralistic criticism which continues to this day. Yet this brilliant court and coterie comedy of sexual and social behaviour was an extraordinary success in its own time, and enjoys a unique place in theatrical history as an example of the interplay possible between the stage and the audience. In this book John Styan persuades us that only through a performance approach to the great plays of Etherege, Wycherley, Dryden, Shadwell, Vanbrugh, Congreve and Farquhar can we recover a sense of their value. Restoration Comedy in Performance is liberally illustrated with contemporary drawings and modern photographs, and it draws extensively upon documentary and visual evidence of the seventeenth century in order to suggest the importance of the costume and customs, manners and behaviour of the age to an understanding of the sort of theatre and drama it produced. Professor Styan also discusses the problems encountered in the early attempts to revive the comedies in the twentieth century, and pauses frequently in order to offer a descriptive account of a moment of staging or to recreate a scene or a sequence of comic repartee or action. The book aims to bring back to life, therefore, something of a lost art form, not as a piece of conventional stage or production history, but as a true attempt to recognize the virtues of Restoration comedy as a performing art.
Categories: Drama

Actors Yearbook 2013 Essential Contacts for Stage Screen and Radio

Actors  Yearbook 2013   Essential Contacts for Stage  Screen and Radio

A fight (in a theatre or on camera) has to be staged so that it (a) looks real, (b) is
safe for the participants and (c) can be seen properly by camera and/or audience
actors who've been trained in the essentials of combat will make this staging ...

Author: Hilary Lissenden

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408175194

Category: Drama

Page: 496

View: 113

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.
Categories: Drama

The History of World Theater

The History of World Theater

RESTORATION ACTORS AND ACTRESSES One of the glories of Restoration
theater was its actors and actresses . ... We cannot reconstruct , of course ,
exactly what the acting style of the period was like except in generalities based
upon the ...

Author: Felicia Hardison Londré

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826411673

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 644

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Felicia Londre explores the world of theater as diverse as the Entertainments of the Stuart court and Arthur Miller directing Chinese actors at the Beijing People's Art Theater in "Death of a Salesman." Londre examines: Restoration comedies; the Comedie Francais; Italian "opera seria"; plays of the "Surm und Grand" movement; Russian, French, and Spanish Romantic dramas; American minstrel shows; Brecht and dialectical theater; Dighilev; Dada; Expressionism, Theater of the Absurd productions, and other forms of experimental theater of the late-20th century.>
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Theater and Film

Theater and Film

Acting Stage vs. Screen Leo Braudy Acting in Europe and America has been
historically defined by the varying interplay of the heightened and the normal, the
theatrical and the nonchalant, in the conception of the role. Until the Renaissance
 ...

Author: Robert Knopf

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300128703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

View: 174

This is the first book in more than twenty-five years to examine the complex historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationship between theater and film, and the effect that each has had on the other’s development. Robert Knopf here assembles essays from performers, directors, writers, and critics that illuminate this ongoing inquiry. The book is divided into five parts—historical influence, comparisons and contrasts, writing, directing, and acting—with interludes by major artists whose work and words have shaped the development of theater and film. A comprehensive bibliography and filmography support further work in this area. The book contains contributions from Susan Sontag, Stanley Kauffmann, Sarah Bey-Cheng, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Julia Taymor, Judi Dench, Sam Waterston, Orson Welles, Antonin Artaud, and Milos Forman, among others.
Categories: Performing Arts

Scenographic Imagination

Scenographic Imagination

Actor - actor - audience relationship O O O Oo oo Fig . 25 . Two - part actor - actor
- audience relationships space most proscenium stages possess . The director ...
Many actors like the open stage generally for several reasons . Being closer to ...

Author: Darwin Reid Payne

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809318512

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 920

In this enlarged and thoroughly revised third edition of his widely used text, Darwin Reid Payne explores the principles and philosophies that shape the visual elements of theatre. Payne sets out to discover who scenographers are and to define their responsibilities. He sees scenographers as not merely craftspersons but artists with "a special vision that spans all the arts." Such artists are in a position to "extend and amplify underlying meanings of the production." The proper goal of beginning scenographers, according to Payne, is one day to be able to approach the job as artists in full command of their craft. Payne seeks to instill in beginning scenographers a basic core of knowledge: an understanding of theatre history and the development of drama; a knowledge of art history and an understanding of periods and styles of architecture, painting, sculpture, furnishings, and costume; and a familiarity with the principles, techniques, and materials of pictorial and three-dimensional design. This new edition contains 248 illustrations, 38 more than the second edition. Payne's goal, certainly, is to teach students what to do and how to do it; equally important, however, is Payne's view that scenographers must know why. To Payne, "Scenography is an art whose scope is nothing less than the whole world outside the theatre." Scenographers must read not only in their own field but in others as well. Payne has incorporated into his text many suggestions for outside readings, quoting passages and even entire chapters from important works. Stressing research, Payne argues that without knowledge of the literature of their own and related arts, scenographers cannot grow. And that is the emphasis of this book: to present aspiring scenographers with an approach and a set of concepts that will enable them to grow. Toward that end, Payne establishes five priorities, the first of which is to develop in students what he calls "time vision," or the ability to "see" the historical past as a living place with living inhabitants. The second priority is to bring about an awareness that allows students to "see" beneath the surface of objects and events. Third, students must be helped to recognize and appreciate the difference between the "concept of space as it exists outside the theatre and the concept of space as it is used within the theatre." The fourth priority is to ingrain in students an understanding of the importance of imagery to the scenographer, and the final priority is to teach those technical skills necessary to carry out the concepts of the scenographer.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Actor s Choice

The Actor s Choice

Actor's Choice teaches how to create a subtle, believable performance without rehearsal and preparation time.

Author: Thomas W. Babson

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015037762021

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 138

View: 621

Actor's Choice teaches how to create a subtle, believable performance without rehearsal and preparation time.
Categories: Performing Arts