Acting: Onstage and Off

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Performing Arts - 416 pages
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ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF demonstrates how offstage performance can be effectively adapted for the theatre, as well as how onstage training can be applied toward leading a full life outside the theatre. Barton's humorous and conversational writing style helps students learn all phases of actor training, including scene study, auditioning, observation, and mind, voice and body relaxation techniques. The use of examples from daily life instead of dramatic literature facilitates student understanding and leads to meaningful class discussion based on everyday experiences.
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Contents

Acting Acknowledged Already an Experienced Actor and Almost Always Acting
1
Relaxed Readiness Calm Enough Yet Energized Enough to Do Your Best
32
Individual Inventory Know Enough about Yourself to Use Everything You Have
61
Stanislavskis System A Complete Process for Characterization
95
Stanislavski Stretched The System Twisted and Expanded
127
Truthtechnique Balancing Spontaneity with Consistency
154
Scene Study Finding Character Through Script
199
Performance Process What to Expect from First Audition Through Closing Night
226
Acting Anticipated Setting Goals for Growth and Satisfaction
255
Appendixes
297
Index
381
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About the author (2011)

Robert Barton is a professor emeritus in acting at the University of Oregon and has also taught for the American Heritage Association in London. He has acted in most of the plays of Shakespeare and directed half of them. He is a prolific author, whose works include the books ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF (soon to be issued in its seventh edition); STYLE FOR ACTORS and VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), both recently published in updated editions; and the new text ACTING REFRAMES: USING NLP TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS IN AND OUT OF THE THEATRE. He most recently served as editor and adaptor of the 21st Century edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. Robert is recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival. He has numerous articles in scholarly journals, and his regular column, "Many Right Ways," appears in each edition of Voice & Speech Review.

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