The Actor as Storyteller: An Introduction to Acting [NOOK Book]

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(Book). The Actor as Storyteller is intended for serious beginning actors. It opens with an overview, explaining the differences between theater and its hybrid mediums, the part an actor plays in each of those mediums. It moves on to the acting craft itself, with a special emphasis on analysis and choice-making, introducing the concept of the actor as storyteller, then presents the specific tools an actor works with. Next, it details the process an actor can use to prepare for scene work and rehearsals, complete with a working plan for using the
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The Actor as Storyteller: An Introduction to Acting

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Overview

(Book). The Actor as Storyteller is intended for serious beginning actors. It opens with an overview, explaining the differences between theater and its hybrid mediums, the part an actor plays in each of those mediums. It moves on to the acting craft itself, with a special emphasis on analysis and choice-making, introducing the concept of the actor as storyteller, then presents the specific tools an actor works with. Next, it details the process an actor can use to prepare for scene work and rehearsals, complete with a working plan for using the tools discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of mental preparation, suggestions for auditioning, a process for rehearsing a play, and an overview of the realities of show business. Included in this updated edition are: A detailed examination of script analysis of the overall play and of individual scenes; A sample of an actor's script, filled with useful script notations; Two new short plays, one written especially for this text; Updated references, lists of plays, and recommended further reading
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Not a bold new theory of acting, but an introduction for serious beginning actors to the classic methods based on Stanislavski using an approach that Miller U. of Miami has developed over the years. He insists that actors are responsible to serve any dramatic situation by making choices that create the best possible story of their character, while at the same time serving the overall story of the play, the scene, and every moment. This means, he says, that actors must think quite a bit before they hit the boards. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458471536
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 330
  • File size: 711 KB

Table of Contents

PART I. BACKGROUND

1. Why the Theatre to Study Acting?

2. What Is Theatre?

3. Stage Acting and Film Acting: Same Game, Different Surface

4. Inside Out, Outside In: From Stanislavski to Strasberg
PART II. ADVANCING THE STORY

5. The Actor in Service of the Script

6. Given Circumstances and Playing the Action

7. Acting with Conflict

8. Finding and Playing Objectives

9. Listening and Staying In the Moment

10. Interpreting and Using Dialogue

11. Working with People, Places, and Things
PART III. APPLYING THE TOOLS

12. Script Analysis: A Blueprint for Storytelling

13. Rehearsing the Scene: Preparing for the First Read

14. Rehearsing the Scene: Blocking and Working It

15. Using the Words: Discovering and Telling the Story

16. Theatrical Conventions and Style

17. Criticism
PART IV. PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

18. Auditioning

19. Defining the Role

20. Developing the Role: The Rehearsal Process

21. What You Need to Succeed
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