Actor In You: The Twelve Simple Steps To Understanding The Art Of Acting

Paperback | February 25, 2014

byRobert Benedetti

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Explore the fundamentals of acting

 

The Actor in You presents a thorough and systematic exposure to the fundamentals of the acting process in simple, direct language and a streamlined structure.  This title draws on exercises and examples from students’ everyday lives, well-known plays, and popular television programs to lead the beginning student through the process of creating a role.

 

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Explore the fundamentals of acting   The Actor in You presents a thorough and systematic exposure to the fundamentals of the acting process in simple, direct language and a streamlined structure.  This title draws on exercises and examples from students’ everyday lives, well-known plays, and popular television programs t...

Robert Benedetti, a distinguished teacher of acting and directing, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer, received his PhD from Northwestern University. After serving as Director of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, he became an early member of Chicago’s Second City ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

1) Full Table of Contents

 

Part 1: Preparing Yourself   

 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor’s Job  

Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering  

Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech

Chapter 4: Working Together

 

Part 2: Action and Character

 

Chapter 5: Exploring the Text

Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives  

Chapter 7: How Scenes Work

Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character

Chapter 9: Personalization

 

Part 3: The Performance and After

 

Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals

Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals

Chapter 12: The Performance and After

 

Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor

Appendix B:  Suggested Plays and Anthologies  

Appendix C:  Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare

 

Glossary of Theater Terminology 

 


2) Full Table of Contents

 

Part 1: Preparing Yourself   

 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor’s Job  

Engagement  

Truthfulness  

Skill  

Usefulness

Dramatic Function 

Finding Your Own Sense of Purpose

Discipline 

 

Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering  

Relaxation  

Finding Your Center  

Breathing, Sounding, and Moving From Center 

The Cycle of Energy  

Your Relationship to Gravity  

Phrasing Movement  

 

Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech

Using Your Own Voice

Speech

Voice Production

Articulation

Speech, Character, and Situation

Further Training of Body and Voice

 

Chapter 4: Working Together

Leading and Following  

Seeing and Hearing  

 

Part 2: Action and Character

 

Example Plays  

Selecting Your Scene

 

Chapter 5: Exploring the Text

Word Choice              

Rhythm

The Music of Speech

The Given Circumstances

                                   

Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives  

Stanislavski’s View of Action  

Internal and External Action: Justification

Action and Emotion

Action and Public Solitude  

Dual Consciousness  

Indicating  

Automatic and Spontaneous Actions

Defining Useful Objectives

Playable Actions

Obstacles and Counter-actions

Subtext

The Through-line and Superobjective

 

Chapter 7: How Scenes Work

The Shape of a Scene

Crisis  

Units of Action or Beats

Making Connections

 

Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character

Character Traits

           

Chapter 9: Personalization

Needs and Personalization

Emotion Recall and Substitution

Entering the Character’s Mind

Perception, Arousal, and Attitude

Deliberation and Strategic Choice

The Inner Monologue

The Super-Choice

Autobiography, Diary, and Self-image

 

Part 3: The Performance and After

 

Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals

Auditions

Preparation and Homework

Early Read-throughs

Getting Up and Off Book

Exploring the Character’s Body

Communication in Rehearsal

You and Your Director

 

Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals

Types of Stages  

Directions on Stage 

The Groundplan and Blocking  

Establishing the Score

Shaping and Pacing the Performance

Costumes, Makeup, and Props

Technical Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsal

 

Chapter 12: The Performance and After

Emotion in Performance  

Spontaneity  

Beginning the Performance

The Fear of Failure

Measuring Success

Growth After Opening  

Your Sense of Purpose  

Transformation

 

Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor

 

Appendix B:  Suggested Plays and Anthologies  

Plays  

Play and Scene Anthologies  

Anthologies for Students of Color  

 

Appendix C:  Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare

 

Glossary of Theater Terminology