Training of the American Actor

ISBN-10: 1559362685

ISBN-13: 9781559362689

Edition: 2006

Authors: Arthur Bartow

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"Successful acting must reflect a society's current beliefs. The men and women who developed each new technique were convinced that previous methods were not equal to the full challenges of their time and place, and the techniques in this book have been adapted to current needs in order to continue to be successful methods for training actors. The actor's journey is an individual one, and the actor seeks a form, or a variety of forms, of training that will assist in unlocking his own creative gifts of expression."-from the introduction The first comprehensive survey and study of the major techniques developed by and for the American actor over the past 60 years. Each of the 10 disciplines included is described in detail by one of today's foremost practitioners. Presented in this volume are: _ "Lee Strasberg's Method" by Anna Strasberg, Lee's former student, widow, and current director of The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute _ "Stella Adler Technique" by Tom Oppenheim, Stella's grandson and artistic director of the Stella Adler Institute in New York _ "Sanford Meisner Technique" by Victoria Hart, director of the Meisner Extension at New York University _ "Michael Chekhov Technique" and "The Mask" by Per Brahe, a Danish teacher inspired by Balinese dance and introduced to the Chekhov technique in Russia _ "Uta Hagen Technique" by Carol Rosenfeld, who taught under Hagen's tutelage at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio _ "Physical Acting Inspired byGrotowski" by Stephen Wangh, who studied with Jerzy Grotowski himself _ "The Viewpoints" by Mary Overlie, the creator of Viewpoints theory _ "Practical Aesthetics" by Robert Bella of the David Mamet-inspired Atlantic Theatre Company school _ "Interdisciplinary Training" by Fritz Ertl, who teaches at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School _ "Neoclassical Training" by Louis Scheeder, director of the Classical Studio of New York University Arthur Bartow is the artistic director of the Department of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. A former associate director of Theatre Communications Group, he is the author of the landmark book "The Director's Voice".
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Strasberg's method and the ascendancy of American acting
Lee Strasberg technique
Stella Adler technique
Meisner technique : teaching the work of Sanford Meisner
Beyond Michael Chekhov technique : continuing the exploration through the mask
UTA Hagen's technique
Acting with the wisdom of our bodies : a physical approach to acting inspired by Jerzy Grotowski
The six viewpoints
Practical aesthetics : an overview
Interdisciplinary training : directing for actors
Neo-classical training
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