Advice to a Young Black Actor: Conversations with Douglas Turner Ward

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Overview

Cofounder and artistic director of the famed Negro Ensemble Company, Douglas Turner Ward is also the country's foremost authority on African Americans in theatre. Playwright and educator Gus Edwards talked with Ward about the opportunities for African American actors. The result is the first book to address the creative and professional challenges of acting from a specifically African American perspective.

For the actor of color, these conversations reveal much about important topics, including:

  • ethnic specificity
  • colorblind casting
  • cultural honesty of roles.
The talks also provide immediately usable personal advice on establishing and maintaining a professional career on stage, TV, and film, and covering everything from auditions and acting workshops to dealing with and learning fromaudiences and sustaining long runs.

Advice to a Young Black Actor is an indispensable book pioneering effort that is long overdue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006659
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

One of America's leading playwrights, Gus Edwards is also a director and educator. He has written several books addressing the concerns of African American theatre and is a tenured faculty member of Arizona State University's theatre department, where he teaches film and theatre studies. His first collection, Monologues on Black Life (1997), was also published by Heinemann.
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Table of Contents

Preface
In the beginning
Acting and being black
Studying acting
The work
Preparing to play a role
Critics, audience, etc.
Final words
Finding the plays referred to in the text
Mainstage plays produced by the NEC under the artistic direction of Douglas Turner Ward
Douglas Turner Ward : a chronology
About Gus Edwards
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