112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills

112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills

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by Gavin Levy

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The games in this workbook for acting students are divided into twenty different categories, including Relaxtion, Memorization, and Improvisation. The author explains the instructions for each game in a clear manner, including tips on student placement, the appropriate number of participants, and modifications for varying ages. He also offers possible variables for each game. Examples of discussion questions are available for almost every activity. These questions help the reader get an idea of possible student reactions and enhance understanding of the reason behind each game. In the final paragraph of each description, Levy explains the purpose behind the game, be it improving focus, enhancing projection, interpreting body language, or any of the many other objectives described. The organized method of presentation is a true asset to this collection. The reader can quickly access the instructions for the activity and see what skill the game seeks to enhance. Although this book is intended for acting teachers, many games could be used in other settings. Several of the activities make excellent icebreakers, which can be used in any situation involving a new group. The relaxation exercises could be used in many different circumstances. Many of these activities could simply be fun games to play with any group. This book is a definite asset to any drama teacher. 2005, Meriwether, 237p.; Further Reading., pb. Ages adult professional.
—Heather Pittman

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112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite "The original purpose of the book was not to teach acting, but to show how to synthesize it to make it more accessible to instructors and their students." That was author/acting instructor, Gavin Levy's goal. And he was successful. Acting is not, as one might surmise, that simple to instruct. One must always be aware of the nuances of the students, the allotted space, even the time of day. But, given the right tools, teaching drama can be less of a toil, less of a challenge, and more of an exercise in experiencing the profound joy of creating, using that given space, that given time and, of course, the real characters who appear in that space as acting students. Gavin Levy's 112 Acting Games comprises 112 games, plus bonus chapters, and provides the instructor with some valuable tools. The 'games' are more like exercises, learning tools to help the students learn more about themselves, their bodies, their space, their ability to interact with the other students around them. From exercises that require the students to lie on the floor, close their eyes and imagine a relaxing space on a beach somewhere in paradise, an exercise that stresses the importance of breathing and totally relaxing every muscle in the body, to an activity described as "Organized Chaos" to make the students "pay attention." Each activity is thoroughly described, even to the point of providing a complete description of what to tell the students to do. The importance of the exercise is also explained and there are a number of follow up activities/assignments/exercises. This book is an excellent resource for teachers working with drama students or teachers/parents just looking for something new and different to do with their young people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm currently using the book with high school seniors who have never worked in the arts before. This book has been extremely useful in loosening the kids up and getting them to work collaboratively. There are also many exercises that I plan on taking and using in the undergraduate and postgraduate arena. Cheap, but worth a little more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago