Between Director and Actor: Strategies for Effective Performance / Edition 1

Between Director and Actor: Strategies for Effective Performance / Edition 1

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by Mandy Rees, John Staniunas, John Staniunas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325004323

ISBN-13: 9780325004327

Pub. Date: 01/15/2003

Publisher: Heinemann

The soul of any theatrical production springs from the collaboration of director and actors. To learn to coach a good performance, however-and to accept such coaching-is a fine and delicate art, not merely a matter of imposition of will. Now Mandy Rees and John Staniunas offer a set of strategies to help directors and actors work together more effectively, from

Overview

The soul of any theatrical production springs from the collaboration of director and actors. To learn to coach a good performance, however-and to accept such coaching-is a fine and delicate art, not merely a matter of imposition of will. Now Mandy Rees and John Staniunas offer a set of strategies to help directors and actors work together more effectively, from starting the first rehearsals to maintaining a long-running show.

The authors concentrate on the production process, an ideal bridge between classroom training and theatrical experience for both director and actor. Their specific focus is the use of notes. Directors communicate to actors through notes, and actors use those notes to shape their performances-a process commonly used but rarely documented. The major portion of the book consists of 65 notes, both beginning and advanced, that a director might communicate to an actor during the rehearsal process. Arranged by category-from structuring the scene and achieving vocal clarity to maintaining pace, flow, and believability-these notes can be read from cover to cover or selected individually depending on the problem at hand. An extensive interview section shows how different directors and actors approach common problems and offers practical advice about note giving and taking.

For directors, this book can help with methods of coaching and communicating with actors. For actors, this book can help clarify, interpret, and address notes from a director. For both directors and actors, this book is a handy reference guide to help improve and refine their crafts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325004327
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.87(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
For the Director
Giving Notes1
For the Actor
Taking Notes7
The Notes
Structuring the Scene11
Energize the beginning of the scene11
Make the exposition active13
Don't play the ending15
Tell the story17
Trust the text20
Build the sequence or speech22
Separate your thoughts24
Make the transition26
Find the action when telling a story about the past29
Make the realization31
Finish the scene33
Vocal Clarity36
Emphasize key words36
Drive energy through to the end of the line39
Build vocally40
Don't overstress words42
Clean up your diction44
Physical Clarity47
Make the blocking your own47
Open up physically49
Give focus/take focus51
Find economy54
Loosen up56
Control your physical choices58
Commitment62
You are holding back emotionally62
Take a risk65
You are thinking too much68
You are monitoring your performance70
Connect with your scene partner72
Include the audience74
Find the vulnerability77
Give your character more status79
Take the stage81
Take control84
Depth and Variety86
Raise the stakes86
Look for the opposite89
Look for the humor91
Find the antithesis93
Use more variety in your choices95
Use the images97
Differentiate your characters when playing multiple roles100
Pace and Flow104
Act on the lines, not in between them104
Earn the pause106
Pick up the pace108
Don't rush110
Enter/exit dynamically112
Set up the laugh115
Play through to the crest of the laughter or applause118
Believability121
Invent the words121
Follow your impulse123
Relate to your character125
Concentrate on the action, not on the emotion127
Find the sincerity in an emotional moment129
Make the discovery132
Don't anticipate the moment133
You are working too hard135
Don't anticipate the laugh137
Commit to the ad lib139
Tone down your expressions141
Know the world of the play143
Rehearsal Problems147
You are setting choices too early147
Do your homework149
Go back to your script151
Invest energy into the rehearsal154
Learn to like your role156
You are beating yourself up158
Leave personal problems outside the rehearsal space160
Moving into the Theatre164
Performance Notes171
Conversations with Directors180
Libby Appel180
Anne Bogart182
Scott Ellis184
D. Scott Glasser187
Joseph Hanreddy188
Bill Rauch190
Conversations with Actors193
Andre De Shields193
Boyd Gaines195
Debra Monk196
Linda Purl198
Karen Ziemba200
Glossary203

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Between Director and Actor: Strategies for Effective Performance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very thoughtful for both the director and the actor.  Easy to read format, but encourages independent thinking and room for interpretation.