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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Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He has directed more than half of Shakespeare's plays and performed in most of them, including playing the title role in a PBS production of HAMLET. A prolific author, Dr. Barton has published numerous scholarly articles on acting and seven books, including VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE and LIFE THEMES (both with Annie McGregor), and ACTING REFRAMES. His STYLE FOR ACTORS received the Theatre Association's Best Book Award. In addition, he served as editor and adaptor of the newly revised edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. The American College Theatre Festival honored Dr. Barton as Outstanding Acting Coach. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

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