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Acting : Onstage and Off

Acting : Onstage and Off - 4th edition

Acting : Onstage and Off - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780534637088

ISBN10: 0534637086

Acting : Onstage and Off by Robert Barton - ISBN 9780534637088
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
International: No
Acting : Onstage and Off by Robert Barton - ISBN 9780534637088

ISBN13: 9780534637088

ISBN10: 0534637086

Edition: 4TH 06

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ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF demonstrates how offstage performance can be effectively adapted for the theatre, as well as how onstage training can be applied toward leading a full life outside the theatre. Barton's humorous and conversational writing style helps 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 facilitates student understanding and leads to meaningful class discussion based on everyday experiences.


  • NEW! Techniques for actors to adjust performance levels from intimate settings to vast spaces, with a checklist of hints on how to adapt to each new space.
  • An emphasis on applying acting skills outside theatre in employment and professional settings ensures that all students learn valuable skills, even if they don't intend to pursue acting.
  • A conversational, engaging writing style uses humor to involve students in the text and course.
  • An abundance of exercises and web-based teaching materials, including instructor resource manual and activity worksheets, allows instructor to customize teaching strategies.
  • NEW! Guidelines for relating to the camera and its particular form of scrutiny, and exploration of the onscreen vs. onstage contrast.
  • NEW! Updated investigations of new trends and directions in actor training.
  • NEW! Twenty lively new exercises to get students up and active rather than just thinking about how they will perform.
  • NEW! An expanded list of scene suggestions--65 new selections--from a culturally diverse selection of plays.
  • NEW! Updated section on improvisation provides a complete set of "rules" for playing theatre games and additional exercises for pure exploration and fun.
  • NEW! Expanded section on keeping an acting journal provides specific suggestions for entries, topics, and guidelines to offer structure and variety to this important, but often overwhelming, record of an actor's progress.
  • NEW! Updated quotations from actors whose careers have taken off in the last few years.
  • A systematic approach for observing everyday interactions allows students to expand their repertoire of acting skills.

Table of Contents

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: The System Twisted and Expanded.

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: Stanislavski Observation.

Appendix H: Script Analysis.

Appendix I: Character Analysis.

Appendix J: Audition Observation.

Appendix K: Sample Scene: The Rehearsal.