Different Every Night

Freeing the Actor
Author: Mike Alfreds
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854599674
Category: Drama
Page: 362
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A top-ranking director sets out his rehearsal techniques in this invaluable handbook for actors and directors. Different Every Night is the culmination of a lifetime of work in the theatre, the most complete rehearsal methodology in print since Stanislavsky. It offers a vital masterclass for actors and directors, full of sound practical advice and guidance, and is packed with techniques for bringing the text to life and keeping it alive - both in rehearsal and performance. 'Most of what I am as an actress I owe to Mike Alfreds. He gave me the language and the tools I needed for my craft' Pam Ferris, from her Foreword 'If I was allowed to train again to be an actor, but I was only allowed one teacher, it would have to be Mike Alfreds. To me he is a genius when it comes to acting and storytelling' Mark Rylance 'an illuminating and inspiring book... based in rich experience and acute observation of actors at work (and play)... essential reading for actors and directors' Rogues & Vagabonds

The Actor and the Target


Author: Declan Donnellan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781559362856
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 287
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How to Stop Acting


Author: Harold Guskin
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0571199992
Category: Drama
Page: 178
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Presents different techniques for stage and screen actors, including a new approach to acting and advice on auditioning, developing a character, and playing difficult roles.

Singing and the Actor


Author: Gillyanne Kayes
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408116529
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
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Classical singing training is no longer relevant for the theatre performer today. So how does an actor train his singing voice? Now in its second edition, this practical handbook takes the reader through a step-by-step training programme relevant to the modern singing actor and dancer. A variety of contemporary voice qualities including belting and twang are explained, with exercises for each topic.

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The Actors' Thesaurus
Author: Marina Caldarone,Maggie Lloyd-Williams
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781854596741
Category: Drama
Page: 158
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A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way. 'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson

Finding Your Voice

A Step-by-step Guide for Actors
Author: Barbara Houseman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780878301676
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 270
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Finding your voice can be used as a resource by actors at all levels, form students and young professionals to established and experienced actors. Drama teachers in schools and committed amateur actors who want to increase their vocal skills and understanding will also find it invaluable.

Acting, Imaging, and the Unconscious


Author: Eric Morris
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 0983629919
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 425
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Acting, Imaging, and the Unconscious is the fifth in a series of books written by Eric Morris on his unique system of acting. In this book the emphasis is on imaging as an acting tool to fulfill dramatic material. The work begins with an exploration of the various uses of imaging and goes on to delineate very specific techniques and approaches on how to image, when to image and why. Involved in this process are dreams and dreaming, as well as subpersonalities, which all serve to access and communicate with the unconscious, where ninety-five per cent of an actor's talent lives. Also explored is a process of programming the unconscious to liberate the images that lie at the core of an actor's experience and talent, thus releasing the exciting wellsprings of creativity in the roles an actor plays. With complete examples taken from classical and contemporary plays and films, this book enters territories that had never before been tread upon, thus taking the art of acting into a totally new dimension.

Acting from the Ultimate Consciousness


Author: Eric Morris
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 0983629900
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 267
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Acting from the Ultimate Consciousness is Eric Morris's fourth popular book on the art of acting. His previous works have established him among the foremost innovators in the world of drama. His system, based on the Stanislavsky method but going far beyond it, begins with an exploration of consciousness and the instrumental needs of the actor and expands to dozens of practical techniques that enable the actor to utilize the full range of his talent. With complete sections on characterization, rehearsing and ensemble, this is a book that all stage or screen actors--beginning to advanced--should read, absorb and practice.

The Presence of the Actor


Author: Joseph Chaikin
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 155936680X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 176
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Chaikin, who directed the celebrated Open Theater in the '60s, kindled an emphasis on communal playmaking whose impact is still evident today. This conversational review of his efforts details his methods and reveals the struggles involved in the creation of some of the most exciting theatre of our time.

The Michael Chekhov Handbook

For the Actor
Author: Lenard Petit
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135277354
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
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'Petit's words go right to the heart of Chekhov's technique ... Anyone looking for a key to understanding more about Michael Chekhov's technique will devour it.' – Jessica Cerullo, Michael Chekhov Association, NYC The Michael Chekhov technique is today seen as one of the most influential and inspiring methods of actor training in existence. In The Michael Chekhov Handbook, Lenard Petit draws on twenty years of teaching experience to unlock and illuminate this often complex technique. Petit uses four sections to guide those studying, working with or encountering Chekhov's approach for the first time: the aims of the technique – outlining the real aims of the actor the principles – acting with energy, imagination and creative power the tools – the actor’s use of the body and sensation the application – bringing the technique into practice The Michael Chekhov Handbook’s explanations and exercises will provide readers with the essential tools they need to put the rewarding principles of this technique into use. Lenard Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City. He teaches Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Rutgers University. He was a contributor and co-creator of the DVD, Master Classes in The Michael Chekhov Technique, published by Routledge.

Directing - a Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors


Author: Rob Swain
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408156628
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
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The theatre director is one of the most critical roles in a successful drama company, yet there are no formal qualifications required for entry into this profession. This practical guide for emerging theatre directors answers all the key questions from the very beginning of your career to key stages as you establish your credentials and get professionally recognized. It analyzes the director's role through relationships with the actors, author, designer, production manager and creative teams and provides vital advice for "on-the-job" situations where professional experience is invaluable. The book also provides an overview of the many approaches to acting methodology without focusing on any in particular to allow the director to develop their own unique methods of working with any actor's style. Each chapter includes these key features: * Introduces important theories, identifies practitioners and provides key reading to provide an overview of historic and current practice. * Interviews with leading practitioners and emerging directors. * Suggested exercises to develop the director's own approach and practical skills.

Then what Happens?

Storytelling and Adapting for the Theatre
Author: Mike Alfreds
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 9781848422704
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 432
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Includes over two hundred exercises, improvisations and workshops dealing with the practical aspects of story-theatre.

Embodied Acting

What Neuroscience Tells Us about Performance
Author: Rick Kemp
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415507871
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 230
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A pragmatic intervention in the study of how recent discoveries within cognitive science can and should be applied to performance. Drawing on his experience the author interrogates the key cognitive activities involved in performance inc non-verbal communication; thought, speech, and gesture relationships; empathy, imagination, and emotion.

Acting Characters

20 simple steps from rehearsal to performance
Author: Paul Elsam
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408136465
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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Recently selected as an Edexcel set text, Paul Elsam's Acting Characters is an introductory handbook for the aspiring actor, compiled of twenty steps grouped into six sections to help create, present and sustain a believable character in most circumstances. It is fundamentally practical and avoids heavy discussion of theory, looking instead at how to use different voices and body language to convey character. According to a peer reviewer, the book is "both interesting for the casual enquirer and illuminating for the more serious practitioner". It de-mystifies the fundamental concepts of Stanislavski's teaching in an accessible way and it is this clarity and empathy with its readership that sets this book apart from its main competition, which the author describes as containing "a lot of rather mystical ideas on how actors go about their craft, but very little on the actual moment-by-moment skills you can work on".

The Invisible Actor


Author: Yoshi Oida,Lorna Marshall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135860580
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 144
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

From Stage to Screen

A Theatre Actor's Guide to Working on Camera
Author: Bill Britten
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408184907
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 248
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The camera enables us to see right into a character's soul, revealing his or her innermost thoughts and emotions. Screen acting requires a more rigorously truthful and spontaneous performance than the stage, as well as very different technical expertise. From Stage to Screen is a handbook for the professional actor packed with advice on how to make the transition and fully prepare for a TV or film role. The book is divided into three sections: the first examines the relationship between the actor and the camera and how it differs from that of a performer with a stage audience; the second addresses the technical skills the screen actor needs in order to work as part of a large collaborative team and 'make the shot work'; and the third explores the very different experience of an actor working on a screen project, including getting the job, how to prepare properly, what to expect and how to manage the whole process, from casting through to ADR, in order to deliver the very best work.

The Director's Craft

A Handbook for the Theatre
Author: Katie Mitchell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134138083
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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The Director’s Craft is a unique and completely indispensable step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. Written by one of the most adventurous and respected directors working today, this book will be an essential item in every student and practitioner’s kitbag. It provides detailed assistance with each aspect of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors, and does so with startling clarity. It will inspire everyone, from the beginner just starting out to the experienced practitioner looking to reinvigorate their practice. Katie Mitchell shares and explains the key practical tools she uses to approach her work with both actors, production teams, and the text itself. She addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play’s text preparing improvizations Twelve Golden Rules for working with actors managing the transition from rehearsal room to theatre analyzing your work after a run has ended. Each chapter concludes with a summary of its critical points, making this an ideal reference work for both directors and actors at any stage of their development.

The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit


Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 9781848424067
Category: Method acting
Page: 340
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A revised and updated edition of Bella Merlin's essential guide to Stanislavsky. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit. 'Bella Merlin magically converts her extensive knowledge into real-world practice and on-the-floor technique.

The Viewpoints Book

A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition
Author: Anne Bogart,Tina Landau
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 155936677X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 240
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First major exploration of a ground-breaking new technique for actors and theatre artists.

Theatre Histories

An Introduction
Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli,Bruce McConachie,Gary Jay Williams,Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134042949
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 640
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This new edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary.