The Actor Speaks

Voice and the Performer

Author: Patsy Rodenburg

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0312295146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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In The Actor Speaks, Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every aspect of performance work that involves the voice and sorts through the kinds of vexing problems every performer faces onstage: breath and relaxation; vocal range and power; communication with other actors; singing and acting simultaneously; working on different sized stages and in both large and small auditoriums; approaching the vocal demands of different kinds of scripts. This is the final word on the actor's voice and it's destined to become the classic work on the subject for some time to come.

Voice and the Young Actor

A workbook and DVD

Author: Rena Cook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147253915X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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"Many high school theatre teachers do not have access to intensive voice instruction. Rena's book will fill that void. It is instructive, concise, easy to understand, and most importantly for the high school student, fun. High school teachers will find the book an invaluable voice and acting resource. It would be beneficial to all high school theatre programs to have Voice and the Young Actor as a textbook." Kim Moore, High School Teacher, Colorado There are thousands of students enrolled in school drama classes in yet very often young actors cannot be heard, are culturally encouraged to trail off at the ends of sentences, and habitually use only the lowest pitches of the voice. Drama teachers, frequently ask, "How can I get my students to speak up, to be clear, to articulate?" Voice and the Young Actor is written for the school actor, is inviting in format, language and illustration and offers clear and inspiring instructions. A DVD features 85 mins and 28 filmed voice workshop exercises with the author and two students. These students log their reflections in the book on what they have learned throughout their training and there is space for the reader to do the same. A workbook in format, Voice and the Young Actor provides simple, interactive vocal exercises and shows young performers how to take voice work into acting.

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

Volume 6: Bibliography and Cumulative Index

Author: Irving Brown (Consulting Bibliographer),Natasha Rappaport (Bibliographer),Don Rubin (General Editor),Rosabel Wang (Consulting Bibliographer)

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136119000

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 560

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An annotated world theatre bibliography documenting significant theatre materials published world wide since 1945, plus an index to key names throughout the six volumes of the series.

The Actor, Image, and Action

Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience

Author: Rhonda Blair

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135976236

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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The Actor, Image and Action is a 'new generation' approach to the craft of acting; the first full-length study of actor training using the insights of cognitive neuroscience. In a brilliant reassessment of both the practice and theory of acting, Rhonda Blair examines the physiological relationship between bodily action and emotional experience. In doing so she provides the latest step in Stanislavsky's attempts to help the actor 'reach the unconscious by conscious means'. Recent developments in scientific thinking about the connections between biology and cognition require new ways of understanding many elements of human activity, including: imagination emotion memory physicality reason. The Actor, Image and Action looks at how these are in fact inseparable in the brain's structure and function, and their crucial importance to an actor’s engagement with a role. The book vastly improves our understanding of the actor's process and is a must for any actor or student of acting.

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Author: Mark Evans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135892938

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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This book is the first critical analysis of the key principles and practices informing the movement training of actors in the modern era. Focusing on the cultural history of modern movement training for actors, Evans traces the development of the ‘neutral’ body as a significant area of practice within drama school training and the relationship between movement pedagogy and the operation of discipline and power in shaping the professional identity of the actor. The volume looks in detail at the influence of the leading figures in movement training — Laban, Alexander, Copeau and Lecoq — on twentieth century professional actor training, and is informed by interviews with students and staff at leading English drama schools. Mark Evans re-evaluates the significance of movement training in the professional drama school, offering a new understanding of the body as a site for performative resistance to industrialization. Despite the publication of a number of ‘how to’ books on movement training for the professional acting student, this is the first text to look behind the curtain and write the unseen biography of the actor’s body.

Acting (re)considered

A Theoretical and Practical Guide

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415263009

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

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Acting (Re)Considered is an exceptionally wide-ranging collection of theories on acting, ideas about body and training, and statements about the actor in performance. This second edition includes five new essays and has been fully revised and updated, with discussions by or about major figures who have shaped theories and practices of acting and performance from the late nineteenth century to the present. The essays - by directors, historians, actor trainers and actors - bridge the gap between theories and practices of acting, and between East and West. No other book provides such a wealth of primary and secondary sources, bibliographic material, and diversity of approaches. It includes discussions of such key topics as: * how we think and talk about acting * acting and emotion * the actor's psychophysical process * the body and training * the actor in performance * non-Western and cross-cultural paradigms of the body, training and acting. Acting (Re)Considered is vital reading for all those interested in performance.

The Body Speaks

Performance and physical expression

Author: Lorna Marshall

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408142007

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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'Stimulating and intelligent' Yoshi Oida Seventy percent of everyday conversation is conveyed through body language, twenty percent is the voice and only ten percent is the meaning of the words. In The Body Speaks, expert RADA trainer Lorna Marshall, shows how to recognise and lose unwanted physical inhibitions that our background, education or family have taught us and presents a fundamental re-thinking of our relationship to the body and its role in performance. Good performers - be they trapeze artists, Shakespearean actors, Butoh dancers or film stars - are able to fully reach their audience and engage with them because they have learnt to use their bodies to its best effect. Through a series of practical exercises, Lorna Marshall encourages us to unleash our potential, discover new possibility for the body and express ourselves more clearly. This new edition has been fully revised to include the latest thinking on the subject and more exercises particularly for performers in TV and film.

The Actor and the Text

Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557831385

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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(Applause Acting Series). These words of Cicely Berry, the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece in any arena, at sales meetings or religious revivals. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard accurately and with true emotional range. Never again will one be accused of simply "reading a prepared statement." Berry's exercises to develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.

One Voice

Integrating Singing Technique and Theatre Voice Training

Author: Joan Melton,Kenneth Tom

Publisher: Heinemann Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 141

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Joan Melton groundbreaking book outlines a course of study that integrates basic elements of singing technique into the whole range of theatre voice training.

Thought Propels the Sound

Author: Feindel, Janet Madelle

Publisher: Plural Publishing

ISBN: 1597568724

Category: Music

Page: 288

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For directors, voice and dialect coaches, Alexander teachers, medical specialists, speech pathologists, actors and singers and anyone interested in the performers voice in the theatre, this book provides an overview of basic voice and speech production, the Alexander technique and ways to integrate these principles into the rehearsal process and methods for working most effectively with voice and speech/Alexander coaches.