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Acting : Onstage and Off

Acting : Onstage and Off - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0155060739

Cover of Acting : Onstage and Off 3RD 03 (ISBN 978-0155060739)
ISBN13: 978-0155060739
ISBN10: 0155060732
Edition: 3RD 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2003
International: No

Acting : Onstage and Off - 3RD 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0155060739

Robert Barton

ISBN13: 978-0155060739
ISBN10: 0155060732
Edition: 3RD 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2003
International: No

Barton's humorous and conversational writing style makes this a particularly student-friendly text. Students learn all phases of actor training, including scene study, auditioning, observation, and mind, voice and body relaxation techniques. The use of examples from daily life instead of dramatic literature makes it possible to have meaningful class discussions when all students have not read the same plays.


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  • NEW! New chapter on innovative, contemporary actor training including Boal, Bogart and Suzuki.
  • NEW! Increased emphasis on applying acting skills outside theatre in employment and professional settings.
  • NEW! New Web-based teaching materials including instructor resource manual and activity worksheets.
  • Emphasis on relevance of acting skills in everyday life.
  • Systematic approach for observing everyday interactions allows students to expand their repertoire of acting skills.
  • Abundance of exercises allows instructor to customize teaching strategies.
  • Conversational, engaging writing style.
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Author Bio

Barton, Robert : University of Oregon

Dr. Robert Barton is head of the acting program at the University of Oregon. He has performed in most of the plays of Shakespeare and has directed half of them. His most recent professional acting credits include the title role in Galileo and Yvan in Art. He has authored several other acting texts. Barton is recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival.

Table of Contents

Preface: Acting to Understand.
Using this Text.
Using this Edition.

1. Acting Acknowledged.
2. Relaxed Readiness: Calm Enough, Yet Energized Enough to Do Your Best.
3. Individual Inventory: Knowing Enough About Yourself to Use Everything You Have.
4. Stanislavski's System: A Complete Process for Characterization.
5. Stanislavski Stretched: Twisting and Expanding the System.
6. Truth/Technique: Balancing Spontaneity With Consistency.
7. Scene Study: Finding Character Through Script.
8. Performance Process: What to Expect From First Audition Through Closing Night.
9. Acting Anticipated: Setting Goals for Growth and Satisfaction.

Appendix A: My Acting History.
Appendix B: Acting Observed.
Appendix C: Physical Life Observation.
Appendix D: Vocal Life Observation.
Appendix E: Open Scene Scenarios.
Appendix F: Open Scene Score.
Appendix G: Observing Stanislavski's System.
Appendix H: Script Analysis.
Appendix I: Character Analysis.
Appendix J: Audition Observation.
Appendix K: Sample Scene.
Appendix L: Suggestions for Further Study.

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