The Actor In You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2011-01-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The Actor in Youintroduces aspiring actors to beginning acting by helping them realize and develop the basic acting skills they already possess and hone them for the stage. By drawing the principles of acting from observations about everyday behavior, the author shows acting students how they already possess many acting skills. Acclaimed for its direct and enjoyable writing style,The Actor in Youdraws on exercises and examples from well-known plays, and popular television programs to lead the beginning student through the process of creating a role. Revised based on user reviews, the book succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to everyday life for artistic purpose.

Table of Contents

Notes on This Fifth Editionp. viii
Prefacep. ix
About the Authorp. x
Preparing Yourself to Actp. 1
Understanding the Actor's Jobp. 3
Engagementp. 4
Truthfulnessp. 5
Skillp. 7
Dramatic Functionp. 8
Disciplinep. 8
Summary of Step 1p. 9
The Tradition of the Actorp. 10
The Twentieth Centuryp. 11
Getting into the Traditionp. 13
Summary of Step 2p. 14
Relaxing and Centeringp. 15
Relaxationp. 16
Finding the Centerp. 19
Summary of Step 3p. 20
Breathing, Sounding, and Moving From the Centerp. 21
The Cycle of Energyp. 22
Relationship to Gravityp. 24
Phrasing Movementp. 26
Summary of Step 4p. 27
Collaborationp. 28
Leading and Followingp. 32
Seeing and Hearingp. 34
Getting and Giving Notesp. 35
Summary of Step 5p. 36
Summary of part onep. 36
Discovering Actionp. 39
Example Playsp. 40
Actions and Objectivesp. 41
Stanislavski's View of Actionp. 42
Public Solitudep. 43
Dual Consciousnessp. 43
Indicatingp. 45
Raising the Stakesp. 46
Summary of Step 6p. 47
Action, Emotion, and Character: the Magic Ifp. 49
Action and Emotionp. 50
Character and the Magic Ifp. 50
The Actor in Youp. 53
Selecting Your Scenep. 53
Dramatic Function Revisitedp. 54
Summary of Step 7p. 55
Defining Objectives and Actionsp. 57
Defining Useful Objectivesp. 58
Playable Strategic Actionsp. 59
Subtextp. 60
Not Doingp. 61
Obstacles and Counteractionsp. 62
Summary of Step 8p. 63
The Flow and Shape of Dramap. 64
Internal and External Actionp. 65
The Shape of Dramap. 67
Crisisp. 69
Summary of Step 9p. 71
Exploring Scene Structure and the given Circumstancesp. 72
Units of Action, or Beatsp. 73
The Given Circumstancesp. 77
Summary of Step 10p. 80
Summary of part twop. 80
Developing the Characterp. 83
The Character's Traits and Needsp. 84
Function Traitsp. 84
Recognition Traitsp. 86
Needs and Personalizationp. 87
Emotion Recall and Substitutionp. 88
Summary of Step 11p. 90
Getting into the Character's Mindp. 91
Perception, Arousal, and Attitudep. 92
Automatic and Spontaneous Actionsp. 94
Deliberation and Strategic Choicep. 95
The Inner Monologuep. 96
Summary of Step 12p. 98
Exploring the Character's Languagep. 100
Word Choicep. 101
Rhythmp. 102
The Music of Speechp. 105
Summary of Step 13p. 106
Summary of part threep. 107
Final Rehearsals and Performancep. 109
Finding the Scenario, Score, Through-Line, and Superobjectivep. 110
The Score and Pacep. 112
The Through-Line and Superobjectivep. 113
Personalizing the Superobjectivep. 115
Summary of Step 14p. 116
Stagingp. 117
Types of Stagesp. 117
Moving on Stagep. 119
Blockingp. 121
Shaping and Pacingp. 122
Summary of Step 15p. 123
Performingp. 124
Emotion in Performancep. 125
Spontaneityp. 126
Evaluating Your Workp. 127
Growth After Openingp. 128
An Actor's Sense of Purposep. 128
Summary of Step 16p. 129
Summary of part fourp. 130
A Sample Television Scenep. 131
Suggested Plays and Anthologiesp. 134
Playsp. 134
Play and Scene Anthologiesp. 137
Anthologies for Students of Colorp. 138
Glossary of Theater and Film Terminologyp. 140
Indexp. 148
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