Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook

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Overview

Viola Spolin's Theater Games for the Lone Actor offers theater games and side coaching for the solo player. Available for the first time, this handbook presents more than forty exercises that allow actors to side coach themselves at home, in rehearsal, or in performance. Building on her seminal Improvisation for the Theater, Spolin challenges the actor to develop an ability to enter present time, "a moment of full consciousness, awareness, continuous time, a timeless moment . . . with all of your responses awake and alert, ready to guide you . . . allowing you, the real you, your natural self, to emerge."
Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the nature and practice of modern theater. Her work has inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theater, television, and film. Her techniques have also influenced the fields of education, mental health, social work, and psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810140103
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 480,994
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Viola Spolin, the originator of theater games, was introduced to the use of games, storytelling, folk dance, and dramatics as tools for stimulating creative expression in the 1920s while a student of Neva Boyd at Chicago's Hull House. During her years as a teacher and supervisor of creative dramatics there, she began to develop her nonverbal, nonpsychological approach. Her books have been translated into Swedish, German, and Portuguese. She died in 1994.

Paul Sills is Viola Spolin's son and the founding director of Chicago's Second City and of Story Theater. He is the coeditor of the third edition of Spolin's Improvisation for the Theater, also published by Northwestern University Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    I love this book!

    When I act I have trouble consentrating and the exercises in this book help me so much. The exercises really help me get into character too! I love this book!

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