Commedia Dell Arte An Actor s Handbook

Author: John Rudlin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780203408193
Release Date: 2002-05-03
Genre: Performing Arts

There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remians a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the orgins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzi or comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues. No other book so clearly outlines the specific culture of Commedia or provides such a practical guide to its techniques. This immensely timely and useful handbook will be an essential purchase for all actors, students, and teachers.

Commedia Dell Arte

Author: Oliver Crick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134629824
Release Date: 2002-01-04
Genre: Performing Arts

A companion to John Rudlin's best-selling Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Actors, this book covers both the history and professional practice of commedia dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day. Indispensable for both the beginner and the professional, it contains historical and contemporary company case histories, details on company organisation, and tips on practical stagecraft. Essential for students and practitioners, this book enables the reader to understand how successful commedia dell'arte companies function, and how we can learn from past and current practice to create a lively and dynamic form of theatre. Includes tips on: * writing a scenario * mask-making * building a stage * designing a backdrop * costume * music. _


Author: John Kundert-Gibbs
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470596058
Release Date: 2009-10-08
Genre: Computers

In order to bring a character to life, it is beneficial for animators to have a solid understanding of acting principles, and this book examines the important skills behind the artistry of creating animated characters. With a particular emphasis on a character’s motions and movement, this unique resource covers the basic elements of acting for CG animation and then progresses to more advanced topics such as internal intent and motivation. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

First Person

Author: Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Santa Cruz Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262232324
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Games & Activities

The relationship between story and game, and related questions of electronic writing and play, examined through a series of discussions among new media creators and theorists.

The Mask Handbook

Author: Toby Wilsher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134122400
Release Date: 2006-11-22
Genre: Design

This book, from Europe’s leading Mask director and co-founder of the Trestle Theatre Company, provides a fascinating demystification of the process of using masks. Full of simple explanations, and collating over twenty-five years’ experience of writing for, directing and acting in masks, The Mask Handbook examines how masks have the ability to play the fundamental game of theatre – the suspension of disbelief. The Handbook includes: an introduction to the origin of masks advice on preparing, making and using masks tips on writing, devising and directing maskwork lots of fun and effective practical exercises. This accessible and inspiring handbook will empower teachers, directors and actors to fully explore the world of the mask.

Style For Actors

Author: Robert Barton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135258382
Release Date: 2009-09-29
Genre: Drama

"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.

Playing Commedia

Author: Barry Grantham
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: STANFORD:36105110177537
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts

This book consists of practical games and exercises to introduce actors, directors, and teachers to the skill, characters, and history of Commedia dell' Arte.

The Oxford Handbook of American Drama

Author: Jeffrey H. Richards
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199731497
Release Date: 2014-02
Genre: Drama

This volume explores the history of American drama from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It describes origins of early republican drama and its evolution during the pre-war and post-war periods. It traces the emergence of different types of American drama including protest plays, reform drama, political drama, experimental drama, urban plays, feminist drama and realist plays. This volume also analyzes the works of some of the most notable American playwrights including Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller and those written by women dramatists.

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character

Author: William Esper
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780345805690
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Performing Arts

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

Merriam Webster s Reader s Handbook

Publisher: Merriam Webster
ISBN: PSU:000033183756
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

A complete guide to literary terms. - More than 2,000 entries - Descriptions of terms relating to all genres, styles, and eras - Includes the terminology of rhetorical expressions, verse forms, and meter


ISBN: STANFORD:36105016626165
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Drama