Respect for Acting

Author: Uta Hagen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470730188
Release Date: 2009-05-04
Genre: Performing Arts

Respect for Acting "This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end." --Publishers Weekly "Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation." --Library Journal "Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft." --Los Angeles Times "There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen." --Fritz Weaver "This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor." --King Features Syndicate

Challenge For The Actor

Author: Uta Hagen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684190402
Release Date: 1991-08-21
Genre: Performing Arts

The actress and teacher guides actors in developing their art, covering such aspects as voice techniques, timing, rhythm, and including exercises to correct problems

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Author: Melissa Bruder
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307499134
Release Date: 2012-04-25
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

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Author: Marina Caldarone
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854596748
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Drama

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way. 'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson

Acting Techniques for Everyday Life

Author: Jane Robbins
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 9780786729197
Release Date: 2009-04-13
Genre: Self-Help

Most people can name at least one situation—a business presentation, a job interview, a cocktail party, or a blind date—in which they felt uncomfortable, nervous, or simply self-conscious. Jane Marla Robbins, a successful stage and film actress and teacher for almost forty years, found that she could use the same acting techniques she employed to look and feel confident on stage and screen to make herself feel more comfortable in "real-life" situations. In clear and accessible language, Robbins describes acting techniques that actors having been using for centuries and explains—using real-life examples and easy-to-follow exercises—how each can be used by ordinary people to make difficult everyday situations easier to handle. Acting Techniques for Everyday Life will teach readers how to create a sense of well-being and self-confidence at will, giving them the tools they need to be as confident, strong, witty, authentic, relaxed, and happy as they want to be in any given situation.

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307830630
Release Date: 2012-11-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

Acting in Film

Author: Michael Caine
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781476842752
Release Date: 2000-02-01
Genre: Performing Arts

(Applause Books). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel

Tips Ideas for Actors

Author: Jon Jory
Publisher: Crossroad Press
ISBN:
Release Date: 2017-08-19
Genre: Performing Arts

Until recent times, acting wisdom was passed on through an oral tradition called "tips". Presented here are 205 tips, including the way to set up a laugh, the use of opposites, a clear definition of "actions", how to use a "breath score", and even how to react if you're fired. The tips are simple to implement and will lead to a better day at auditions and rehearsals, and a better night in performance. It's like having an acting coach in your rehearsal bag!

The Intent to Live

Author: Larry Moss
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 9780553381207
Release Date: 2005-12
Genre: Performing Arts

The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Acting One

Author: Robert Cohen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
ISBN: 076741859X
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Performing Arts

Used to teach beginning acting on more campuses than any other text, Acting One contains twenty-eight lessons based on experiential exercises. The text covers basic skills such as talking, listening, tactical interplay, physicalizing, building scenes, and making good choices.

Audition

Author: Michael Shurtleff
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802719023
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: Performing Arts

The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream! Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before, how to use humour; create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.

Notes to an Actor

Author: Ron Marasco
Publisher: Ivan R Dee
ISBN: 1566637570
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

Do you have any notes for me? If you have spent any time in the theater, or in film or television production, or have an actor in your family, or hope to be an actor, this question will have a familiar ring. Actors always ask for notes on their performance, and they will take them from just about anyone. While people in other pursuits tend not to ask for performance ratings, actors demand them. Ron Marasco's Notes to an Actor grew out of the actor's profession-which, the author notes, is such a mysterious art. It is learned by experience, trial and error, and by succeeding and failing.

Singing and the Actor

Author: Gillyanne Kayes
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408116524
Release Date: 2014-07-04
Genre: Performing Arts

Classical singing training is no longer relevant for the theatre performer today. So how does an actor train his singing voice? Now in its second edition, this practical handbook takes the reader through a step-by-step training programme relevant to the modern singing actor and dancer. A variety of contemporary voice qualities including belting and twang are explained, with exercises for each topic.

Games for Actors and Non Actors

Author: Augusto Boal
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134498512
Release Date: 2005-06-29
Genre: Games

Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary Method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike! This thoroughly updated and substantially revised second edition includes: two new essays by Boal on major recent projects in Brazil Boal's description of his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company a revised introduction and translator's preface a collection of photographs taken during Boal's workshops, commissioned for this edition new reflections on Forum Theatre.

True and False

Author: David Mamet
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307806499
Release Date: 2011-09-07
Genre: Performing Arts

One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.