Emphasizing that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe," ACTING IS BELIEVING remains one of the classic texts in the field of acting. Charles McGaw's and Larry D. Clark's earlier editions influenced generations of actors, and the book has been completely updated by Kenneth Stilson with the hope of inspiring today's future professionals. The Ninth Edition has an expanded theoretical grounding, while providing numerous new and revised exercises to help today's acting student apply the key concepts of a Stanislavski-based training program as interpreted through the eyes of twenty-first century artists.
Kenneth L. Stilson is currently the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. He has previously held positions as Director of Performance at the University of South Alabama, and as the Founding Artistic Director of Alabama Lyric Theatre. As a professional actor, director, writer, and administrator, he has also worked in such theatres as the Lincoln Center (New York, NY), American Academy of Dramatic Art (Hollywood, CA), Shakespeare in the Park (Ft. Worth, TX), Southern Repertory Theatre (New Orleans, LA), Cultural Arts Center of Central Florida, La Petit Theatre de Vieux Carre (New Orleans, LA), Missouri Summer Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and Mississippi Shakespeare Festival. He holds both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri. Stilson published "Ezra Stone: A Theatrical Biography" and wrote the award-winning play, "Where the Lilies Grow."
Larry Clark is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at University of Missouri. He joined the faculty in 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Speech and Dramatic Art. In 1988, after a distinguished career as a teacher of acting and directing, during which he directed dozens of plays, both with his students and for the University of Missouri professional Summer Repertory Theatre, Clark was selected as Dean of College of Arts and Science. During Clark's career as a Professor of Theatre, he was extremely active on the national scene and was elected President of all three professional organizations devoted to the educational aspects of theatre. He was an exceptionally well known figure in the American College Theatre Festival, serving as festival critic for literally hundreds of plays during its first 20 years. The plays he mounted covered a broad range of dramatic literature from the classics to Sam Shepard. His production of Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was particularly praised. It starred one of Clark's young students, Tom Moore, who went on to establish a distinguished motion picture career as the popular actor, Tom Berenger. Berenger leads a long list of Professor Clark's former acting students who are now earning their living in motion pictures, the theatre or both.
Part I: THE ACTOR. 1. Training Your Talent. 2. Approaching the Creative State. 3. Discovering Physical Actions. 4. Defining Simple Objectives. 5. Developing Your Power of Observation. 6. Exploring Circles of Attention. 7. Investigating the Subconscious. Part II: THE ACTOR AND THE PLAY. 8. Creating a Character. 9. Expressing the Super-Objective. 10. Interpreting the Lines. 11. Communicating the Lines. Part III: THE ACTOR AND THE PRODUCTION. 12. Getting the Job. 13. Transforming Your Character. Appendix A. Suggested Plays for Undergraduate Scene Study. Appendix B. Theatre Resources. Glossary. Bibliography.