Actor as Storyteller An Introduction to Acting

ISBN-10: 0879103868

ISBN-13: 9780879103866

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Bruce Miller
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Description: Most high school and college actors enroll in theater programs to learn about the craft. Often their impressions of what acting is all about were developed by watching television and film. Many have little or no knowledge of theater and how it works. The Actor as Storyteller is intended for serious beginning actors. It opens with an overview, explaining the differences between theater and its hybrid mediums, the part an actor plays in each of those mediums. It moves on to the acting craft itself, with a special emphasis on analysis and choice-making, introducing the concept of the actor as storyteller, then presents the specific tools an actor works with. Next, it details the process an actor can use to prepare for scene work and rehearsals, complete with a working plan for using the tools discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of mental preparation, suggestions for auditioning, a process for rehearsing a play, and an overview of the realities of show business. Included in this updated edition are: * A detailed examination of script analysis of the overall play and of individual scenes * A sample of an actor's script, filled with useful script notations * Two new short plays, one written especially for this text * Updated references, lists of plays, and recommended further reading

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 329
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Preface
Background
Why the Theatre to Study Acting?
Acting Students Today
The Ravages of Mass Media
Discovering All Your Actor's Roots
Going to the Source
Summary
What Is Theatre?
A Definition of Theatre
The Performer
The Performance
The Audience
Summary
Stage Acting and Film Acting: Same Game, Different Surface
Some Misconceptions about Stage and Screen Acting
The Actor's Medium versus the Director's Medium
Adjusting to Technical Demands
Summary
Inside Out, Outside In: From Stanislavski to Strasberg?
Craft versus Art
Technique: Stanislavski or Strasberg?
Choosing Wisely
Summary
Advancing the Story
The Actor in Service of the Script
Good Actors Tell the Story
Finding the Conflict and Playing Objectives
Building Dramatic Conflict
Physical Actions: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends
Telling Good Stories
Using Each Other: Where the Story Lies
Masters Doing the Basics
Summary
Given Circumstances and Playing the Action
Given Circumstances
The "Magic If"
Learning the Score
Action and Emotion
"As If�s
Summary
Acting with Conflict
Using Conflict
Finding the Story
Types of Conflict
Conflict to Objective
Conflict and Character
Summary
Finding and Playing Objectives
Actions Make Emotions
Selection, Control, and Repeatability
Playing the Dramatic Situation
Discovering Objectives and Stakes
Building the Story through Objectives
Character through Actions: Tactics and Risk
Simplicity and Playing the Positive
Summary
Listening and Staying In the Moment
The Importance of Listening
Improving Your Listening Ability
Listening and Playing Objectives
Summary
Interpreting and Using Dialogue
Contextual Meaning and Subtext
The Importance of Subtext and Context
Analyzing a Script to Tell the Story
Summary
Working with People, Places, and Things
Relating to Things
Categorizing
Defining and Using the Space
Defining and Using Relationships
Summary
Good Storytelling: Using Objectives and Circumstances Effectively
Dialogue and Levels of Meaning
Circumstances Define Story
Dealing with Emotional Circumstances
Objectives and Circumstances
Using "As If�s
Actions from Emotions and Emotions from Actions
Always Analyzing and Making Choices
Summary
Applying the Tools
Script Analysis: A Blueprint for Storytelling
Reading for the Story
Asking the Right Questions
Dialogue Serving the Story
Summary
Rehearsing the Scene: Preparing for the First Read
Choosing a Scene
The First Read
Using Improv
Summary
Rehearsing the Scene: Blocking and Working It
Using Blocking to Tell the Story
Playing in a Defined Space
Movement
Gestures
Props and Business
Working through the Scene
Final Notes
Summary
Using the Words: Discovering and Telling the Story
Elevated Language
Using Literal, Contextual, and Sub textual Meaning
Justifying the Lines
Summary
Taking the Script Apart and Putting It Together: A Review and Practice
A Review
The Physical Aspects of Acting
The Script
Analysis
Synthesis: Finding and Playing the Actions
Summary
Theatrical Conventions and Style
Conventions and Believability
Language and the Playwright's Style
Types of Style
The Roots of Style
The World of "Realism"
Some Concluding Thoughts about Style
Summary
Criticism
Critiquing a Production
Critiquing Work in Class
Receiving Criticism Effectively
Summary
Putting the Pieces Together
Auditioning
Casting
Auditioning with a Scene
Cold Readings
Auditioning with a Monologue
Performing the Audition
Auditioning with a Song
Summary
Defining the Role
Putting the Pieces Together
Characters Serve the Play
Research and Analysis
Reading for the Author's Viewpoint
Reading for the Audience's Viewpoint
Reading for the Character's Viewpoint
Summary
Developing the Role: The Rehearsal Process
The Arc or Throughline of Action
Developing the Role through the Rehearsal Process
Summary
What You Need to Succeed
Luck
Knowing the Right People
Money to Sustain You
Looks and the Willingness to Recognize Yourself as a Commodity
A Healthy Ego
Patience
Aggressiveness
Avoiding Comparisons
Talent and Training
Summary
Train Coming, by Alan Haehnel
Acknowledgments
Suggested Reading
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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