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112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills

112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills

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by Gavin Levy

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ISBN-10: 1566081068

ISBN-13: 2901566081060

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited

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Meriwether Publishing, Limited
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New Edition
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6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1Relaxation3
1On the Beach3
3Breathing for Concentration and Focus8
4Sound Sensations10
5Touch the Sky!13
Chapter 2Body Awareness17
6Energy Breathing17
7Acting Natural18
8The Machine20
9The Thing21
10Tug of War22
11Sink to the Floor24
12Friendly Hands26
13Roller Coaster28
14Siamese Twins30
Chapter 3Observation33
15Group Stare33
16Three Changes34
17Action Whisper36
19Stand Up/Sit Down41
Chapter 4Memorization45
20This Is Jane45
21The Name Game46
22Name Spring48
23Baffling Ball50
24Camera Game51
25Describe Me if You Can53
26Twenty Objects55
27Same Time Story56
28Mix and Match58
Chapter 5Sensory Awareness61
29What's the Object?61
30Where's the Object?62
31Alphabet Soup64
32My Vacation66
33Now You See Me...67
35Everybody Touch Someone Who...71
Chapter 6Concentration and Focus75
37Leave Me Alone75
38Count Off76
39Bing, Bang, Bong78
40Can You Hear Me Now?80
41Eye to Eye82
42Clap Focus84
43Don't Think of the Color Black!85
44Crazy Talk87
45Rapid Numbers89
Chapter 7Ensemble93
46Activity Starter93
47Chinese Whispers94
48Time Bomb95
49Rug Flip97
Chapter 8Characterization103
52Animal Farm103
53Center of Gravity105
54Story Time107
56As You Will111
57Bear, Fish, Mosquito113
58Box Full of Hats115
Chapter 9Imagination119
59One-Minute Wanders119
61Twenty Questions121
62Brain Drain123
63Descriptive Story126
64Let Me Have It128
65If This Person Were a Shoe129
66Ball Toss132
Chapter 10Improvisation135
67Improvisation Dance Circle135
68Who Am I?136
69Automatic Writing138
70Freeze Tag139
71Touch and Go147
Chapter 11Action and Reaction149
72Dog, Dog, Dog149
73Hot Potato150
74Simon Says152
75One-Word Story153
Chapter 12Trust159
78Trust Exercise160
79Tour Guide162
80Blind Run164
Chapter 13Knowing Your Objective167
82It's My Party168
83Strike a Pose170
Chapter 14Life Experience173
84King and Queen173
85Arm Levitation175
86Arm Zapper177
87I Like You Because/I Love You Because179
88Surprising Surface180
Chapter 15Spatial Awareness183
89Arm Link183
90Arm Tangle184
91Sock 'Em186
Chapter 16Motor Skills189
94Clap Out193
Chapter 17Nonverbal Communication197
96Tell the Truth197
97Freeze Frame199
98Commercial Capers201
99Social Status203
100Action Charades205
101Return of the Pink Panther206
102Yes, Let's208
103What Are You Doing?210
Chapter 18Making Choices213
104British Bulldog213
105Board Races214
106Run Around217
Chapter 19Performance219
107Glamour Story219
109Clap Olympics222
110Wacky Word Wizard225
Chapter 20Thinking Outside the Box229
111Charring Cross229
112Black Magic231
About the Author237

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112 Acting Games: A Comprehensive Workbook of Theatre Games for Developing Acting Skills 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite "The original purpose of the book was not to teach acting, but to show how to synthesize it to make it more accessible to instructors and their students." That was author/acting instructor, Gavin Levy's goal. And he was successful. Acting is not, as one might surmise, that simple to instruct. One must always be aware of the nuances of the students, the allotted space, even the time of day. But, given the right tools, teaching drama can be less of a toil, less of a challenge, and more of an exercise in experiencing the profound joy of creating, using that given space, that given time and, of course, the real characters who appear in that space as acting students. Gavin Levy's 112 Acting Games comprises 112 games, plus bonus chapters, and provides the instructor with some valuable tools. The 'games' are more like exercises, learning tools to help the students learn more about themselves, their bodies, their space, their ability to interact with the other students around them. From exercises that require the students to lie on the floor, close their eyes and imagine a relaxing space on a beach somewhere in paradise, an exercise that stresses the importance of breathing and totally relaxing every muscle in the body, to an activity described as "Organized Chaos" to make the students "pay attention." Each activity is thoroughly described, even to the point of providing a complete description of what to tell the students to do. The importance of the exercise is also explained and there are a number of follow up activities/assignments/exercises. This book is an excellent resource for teachers working with drama students or teachers/parents just looking for something new and different to do with their young people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm currently using the book with high school seniors who have never worked in the arts before. This book has been extremely useful in loosening the kids up and getting them to work collaboratively. There are also many exercises that I plan on taking and using in the undergraduate and postgraduate arena. Cheap, but worth a little more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago