Telling Stories A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques

ISBN-10: 1575255650

ISBN-13: 9781575255651

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mark Rafael

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Telling Stories: The Grand Unified Theory of Acting Techniques is a guidebook that clearly describes the origins of actor training and takes readers inside the techniques that allow an actor to fully inhabit a character. It is an essential resource for students, professionals, and teachers of acting as well as a primer for those looking to understand the evolution of modern acting theory. It reveals the influence and importance of some of theaters seminal figures by placing acting techniques into an overall perspective. In addition to detailing the history and the context of acting theories, the book provides numerous exercises that illustrate and supply a physical understanding of each method and approaches to texts from Shakespeare to developing scripts. It is an essential addition to any theatrical library and can serve as the basis for acting and theater courses across a wide range of levels. MARK RAFAEL, an actor and educator, received his B.A. from Brown University and holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. He has also studied with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London. He was awarded a scholarship to the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York. As an actor, he has performed in theaters across the country as well as in television and films, including James Cameron's Titanic. He currently lives and works in San Francisco with his wife and three children, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Telling Storiesp. 1
How Did We Get Here?p. 3
A New Paradigm Arisesp. 13
How It Worksp. 17
Storytelling and Characterp. 22
Analyticp. 24
Textual Orthodoxyp. 25
Imaginativep. 25
Presentationalp. 25
Observationalp. 26
The Structure of the Storyp. 28
Action Structurep. 30
Other Structuresp. 33
Techniquesp. 35
In Classp. 42
Starting Offp. 43
Platform 1: Improvisation, Keith Johnstonep. 56
Platform 2: Constantin Stanislavskip. 79
Platform 3: Michael Chekhovp. 93
Platform 4: Monologuesp. 107
Platform 5: Lee Strasbergp. 110
Platform 6: Sanford Meisnerp. 119
Platform 7: Bertolt Brechtp. 128
Platform 8: Scene Workp. 135
Platform 9: Monologue Rehearsal and Performancep. 137
Other Voicesp. 141
Stella Adlerp. 141
F. M. Alexanderp. 142
Antonin Artaudp. 142
Augusto Boalp. 143
Anne Bogartp. 143
Peter Brookp. 144
Robert Brusteinp. 145
Jacques Copeaup. 145
Richard Foremanp. 146
Jerzy Grotowskip. 146
Uta Hagenp. 148
Rudolf Labanp. 148
Vsevolod Meyerholdp. 149
Viola Spolinp. 150
Tadashi Suzukip. 150
Yevgeny Vakhtangoup. 151
Commedia Dell'Artep. 151
The Living Theatrep. 152
Telling Classical Storiesp. 153
Know What You're Sayingp. 154
Iambic Pentameterp. 156
Speak Upp. 157
Not All Words Are Created Equalp. 158
Rhetoricp. 160
Variety Is the Spice of Lifep. 162
Breath and Formp. 164
A Brief Model for a Shakespeare Curriculump. 165
Telling New Storiesp. 174
Telling Stories: Where We Are Nowp. 178
Notesp. 184
Bibliographyp. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 195
About the Authorp. 197
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