Free to Act: An Integrated Approach to Acting

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Allyn and Bacon, 2004 - Performing Arts - 238 pages
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"Free to Act" presents a holistic approach to actor training that integrates physical and psychological technique. This text makes the complexities of acting intelligible and accessible to the beginning actor through its system of more than 150 progressively developed exercises with guides for self-analysis and journal entries. Its integrated approach emphasizes the idea that the body informs the mind and that emotion is rooted in physical action. Providing a carefully developed system of training, "Free to Act" guides the student-actor through the complex process by which an actor is formed.

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  • Includes 153 in-chapter exercises accompanied by guides for self-analysis, enabling students to integrate intellectual understanding with experiential knowledge.
  • Illustrates difficult exercises and concepts with exercise photos and line drawings throughout the text.
  • Offers guides to keeping an acting journal, enabling students to better understand and integrate experiential material
  • Offers guides to criticizing peer work in class in order to develop a thinking actor and create a positive classroom atmosphere.
  • Features production photos to illustrate techniques in performance.
  • Demonstrates text analysis for action and intention with a sample scored scene in Chapter 12.

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