The Complete TIPS: Ideas for Actors

The Complete TIPS: Ideas for Actors

by Jon Jory
     
 

Until recent times, acting wisdom was passed on through an oral tradition called "tips." Presented here are 507 tips, including the way to set up a laugh, the use of opposites, a clear definition of "actions," how to use a "breath score," and even how to react if you're fired. The tips are simple to implement and will lead to a better

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Until recent times, acting wisdom was passed on through an oral tradition called "tips." Presented here are 507 tips, including the way to set up a laugh, the use of opposites, a clear definition of "actions," how to use a "breath score," and even how to react if you're fired. The tips are simple to implement and will lead to a better day at auditions and rehearsals, and a better night in performance It's like having an acting coach in your rehearsal bag!

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
Jory (former producing director, Actors Theatre of Louisville; founder, the Humana Festival of New Plays; American Theater Hall of Fame inductee [2000]; current chair, performing arts dept., Santa Fe Univ. of Art and Design) is theater royalty. When he holds court, as in this latest "Tips" book for actors, he commands a large and attentive audience. Following Tips: Ideas for Actors (2000) and Tips II: More Ideas for Actors (2004), this title continues with an accumulation of sagacious advice and wisdom that traditionally have been passed on informally backstage, in green rooms, restaurants, and bars. The 316 entries, most no longer than half a page, are thematically divided into 17 broad categories including "Basics," "Technique," "Text," "People Stuff" (which includes valuable advice for "Dealing with a Diva"), "Adding Dimension," and "No-No's." Sadly, there is little attention given to working relationships with stage managers, an often overlooked and underrepresented area in theater guides. VERDICT An obligatory acquisition for performing arts collections. Jory once again delivers the goods, and a shout-out to Smith & Kraus for continuing to illuminate the publishing stage of the theater world with another excellent text.—Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575258539
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/2013
Pages:
235
Sales rank:
1,101,207
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 13.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jon Jory has had an almost fifty year theatre career as playwright, director, producer, teacher and theatre commentator. He founded the Long Wharf Theatre Company in New Haven, Connecticut, The Humana Festival of Louisville for many years, directed at almost every major regional company and in nine nations. He taught for a decade in the University of Washington Graduate Program in Acting and now teaches at The Santa Fe University of ARt and Design. He has three children, Jessica, Victor, and Miranda and is married to costume designer, Marcia Jory.

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