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The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods

The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods

by Richard Brestoff




In this new book, Richard Brestoff continues to amaze with his clarity, insights and his deep passion for acting." —Olympia Dukakis

The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods, Volume 2 features the innovative ideas and theories of:
• André Antoine
• Jacques Copeau
• Michel Saint-Denis
• Elia Kazan
• Uta Hagen
• David Mamet
• Anne Bogart
• Keith Johnstone

In this follow-up to his first volume that has become an essential classroom text, Brestoff examines all new teachers and exposes the origin of today's ideas and exercises that acting students are practicing. What is the rationale behind the lesson? Why is it useful? Whether they can be called revolutionary or evolutionary, the conflicting theories of these teachers result from outrage and disgust.

Andre Antoine, Jacques Copeau and Michel Saint-Denis represent a virtually unacknowledged yet powerful French influence on acting and actor training in the United States and abroad.

American Realist teachers known as the passionate questioners, such as Elia Kazan, who is disgusted with Broadway's commercialism, Uta Hagen and David Mamet, and two influential "outside-the-box" teachers, Anne Bogart with her Viewpoints work and Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatre Sports, are also featured.

While differences among the various acting theories and practices are noted and analyzed, so too are exciting and unexpected connections among them revealed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575257709
Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Brestoff is Associate Professor of Drama and Associate Head of Acting University of California, Irvine. He is the author of four best-selling books for Smith and Kraus, including The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods Volume 1, The Camera Smart Actor, The Actor's Wheel of Connection and Acting Under the Circumstances. He has acted on Broadway and off, in Regional Theater and on camera, appearing on the 1991 Emmy Ballot for his Guest-Star performance on the CBS television series, thirtysomething. Richard holds an MFA in Acting form NYU where his teachers included Olympia Dukakis, Peter Kass, Joe Chaikin and Kristin Linklater.

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