Movement: From Person to Actor to Character

Paperback | February 19, 1998

byTheresa Mitchell

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The acting process is an interlocking trinity: the person, the actor, and the character. The person has habits and idiosyncrasies cultivated over the years in response to life experiences. The actor may have developed another set of behaviors that manifest themselves during a performance. The exercises within this text will guide the user toward making the necessary choices needed to achieve the extension of self to character-whether that involves utilizing personal traits that are congruent to a character's make-up, or discarding personal habits which do not fit. Movement: From Person to Actor to Character concisely collects many common movement principles such as use of breath, alignment, relaxation, imagery, and surroundings. Illustrations are included which provide the actor with a basic knowledge of the human body and function that can serve as a foundation for advanced movement techniques. Case studies outline a variety of characterization projects from a range of well-known plays, to further illustrate some of the exercises within the text. Mitchell's text will be useful for beginning to intermediate movement courses or as a supplement to acting or directing courses, or by actors seeking to enrich their movement technique.

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The acting process is an interlocking trinity: the person, the actor, and the character. The person has habits and idiosyncrasies cultivated over the years in response to life experiences. The actor may have developed another set of behaviors that manifest themselves during a performance. The exercises within this text will guide the u...

Theresa Mitchell has been teaching movement classes for more than fifteen years and is associate professor of theatre at Webster University where she is head of the Performance Program and the Director of the Webster Movement Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 11.05 × 8.69 × 0.33 inPublished:February 19, 1998Publisher:Scarecrow Press

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ISBN - 10:081083328X

ISBN - 13:9780810833289

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Part One: Body and Care Chapter 5 Your Body: Structure and Function Chapter 6 Actor as Athlete Part 7 Part Two: Person to Actor Chapter 8 Relaxation Chapter 9 Alignment Chapter 10 Breath Chapter 11 Center Chapter 12 Sound and Movement Chapter 13 Imagery Chapter 14 Space, Time, Weight, and Action Chapter 15 Environment, Properties, and Costumes Part 16 Part Three: Character Chapter 17 Character and Relaxation Chapter 18 Character and Alignment Chapter 19 Character and Breath Chapter 20 Character and Center Chapter 21 Character: Sound and Movement Chapter 22 Character and Imagery Chapter 23 Character: Space, Time, Weight, and Action Chapter 24 Character: Environment, Properties, and Costumes Part 25 Case Studies Part 26 Conclusion Part 27 Bibliography Part 28 Plays Cited Part 29 Index Part 30 About the Author

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Mitchell's excellent text for young actors who begin their movement training in collegiate programs should also be on library shelves...the author's writing is clear...in the library the book will serve not only young dancers and actors...but also athletes...no other recent work so clearly and unambiguously outlines movement for the beginner.