Acting: The First Six Lessons

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In his beloved classic, Acting: The First Six Lessons, master acting teacher Richard Boleslavsky presents his acting theory and technique in a lively and accessible narrative form. Widely considered a must-have for beginning as well as established actors, Boleslavsky's work has long helped actors better understand the craft of acting and what it takes to grow as an artist. This enhanced edition

includes additional exercises from Samuel Seldon's First Steps in Acting, which ...

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Overview

In his beloved classic, Acting: The First Six Lessons, master acting teacher Richard Boleslavsky presents his acting theory and technique in a lively and accessible narrative form. Widely considered a must-have for beginning as well as established actors, Boleslavsky's work has long helped actors better understand the craft of acting and what it takes to grow as an artist. This enhanced edition

includes additional exercises from Samuel Seldon's First Steps in Acting, which provide further opportunity to practice the techniques discussed in Acting: The First Six Lessons.

Richard Boleslavsky's knowledge of the theater was based on an impressive depth and breadth of

experience. A member of the Moscow Art Theater and director of its First Studio, he worked in Russia, Germany, and America as an actor, director and teacher. He was a leading Hollywood director in addition to producing plays and musical comedies on Broadway.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781626549975
  • Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
  • Publication date: 3/13/2013
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 997,958
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The First Lesson: Concentration 1
The Second Lesson: Memory of Emotion 19
The Third Lesson: Dramatic Action 45
The Fourth Lesson: Characterization 65
The Fifth Lesson: Observation 95
The Sixth Lesson: Rhythm 113
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    The Definitive Guide for Acting Although Boleslavsky entitled hi

    The Definitive Guide for Acting
    Although Boleslavsky entitled his book Acting: The First Six Lessons, many regard these teachings as the only lessons for serious actors. This acting bible breaks the practice classical acting into the following skills: Concentration, Memory of Emotion, Dramatic Action, Characterization, Observation, and Rhythm. Boleslavsky analyzes these elements through the lenses of emotion, intellect, and body, while stressing the importance of balance between these perceptions.
    The instruction is easy to follow and engaging since it is in the format of a screenplay featuring a teacher and his pupil referred to as “creature.” However, do not take this for a mind-numbing how-to guide. The lessons are deceptively simple as Boleslavsky instructs on the challenges inherent in the artifice of emotion and other shades of emotional nuance. 
    Whether you are at the beginning of your acting career or looking to revitalize and broaden your expert skills, you will be certain to come back to this book time and time again. Boleslavsky presents us with the essential and universal ingredients for a serious actor. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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