An Actress Prepares: Women and "the Method" / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Taylor & Francis
"Everyday, thousands of women enter acting classes where most of them will receive some variation on the Stanislavsky-based training that has now been taught in the U.S. for nearly ninety years. Yet relatively little feminist consideration has been given to the experience of the student actress: What happens to women in Method actor training?"
An Actress Prepares is the first book to interrogate method acting from a specifically feminist perspective. Rose Malague addresses The Method not only with much-needed critical distance, but also the crucial insider's view of a trained actor. An assessment of Stanislavski's System sits alongside case studies of the four actor trainers who brought its teachings to the US in the form of The Method - Strasberg, Adler, Meisner and Hagen.
This book confronts the sexism that still exists in actor training and exposes the gender biases embedded within the Method itself. Its in-depth examination of method acting seeks to recover elements of the Stanislavskian approach, to reclaim method acting from its patriarchal characteristics and to empower women who act.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
Rosemary Malague is the director of the Theatre Arts Program and a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
1. The "Given Circumstances" 2. Emotional Control: Lee Strasberg as the "Big Daddy" of the Method 3. Imagining Identity: Stella Adler and the Script. 4. Exercises in Repetition: Sanford Meisner and "Instinct" 5. Respect for the Actress: Uta Hagen on Playing Female Roles 6. The "Magic If."