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Sanford Meisner On Acting

Author : Sanford Meisner
ISBN : 9780307830630
Genre : Performing Arts
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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck
Category: Performing Arts

Michael Chekhov And Sanford Meisner

Author : Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson
ISBN : 9781000077520
Genre : Performing Arts
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Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. This compilation reveals the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches, while highlighting meaningful bridges and offering in-depth essays from a variety of sources, including master teachers with years of experience and new and rising stars in the field. The authors provide philosophical arguments on actor training, innovative approaches to methodology, and explorations into integration, as well as practical methods of application for the classroom or rehearsal room, or scaffolded into a curriculum. Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is an excellent resource for professors teaching Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced Acting Technique as well as acting program directors and department chairs seeking new, impactful research on actor training.
Category: Performing Arts

The Sanford Meisner Approach

Author : Larry Silverberg
ISBN : 1575250748
Genre : Performing Arts
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Product DescriptionShortly before his death, Sanford Meisner arranged for Larry Silverberg to create a written legacy of his teaching techniques. This book is the second of four books in the Sanford Meisner series. In this extraordinary new book, Silverberg demystifies the emotional demands of acting and leads the actor through a process aimed at tapping into and deepening his own emotional instrument. Not only will actors gain insight into the whole realm of the emotions, they will see very clearly the traps most actors fall into when it comes to "being emotional" on stage. A healthier and more effective way of working will be taught -- a way of working which brings the actor powerful and unique creativity to every part. About the AuthorLarry Silverberg is founder and Artistic Director of the Belltown Theatre Center in Seattle, WA. He is also on staff at the University of Washington where he teaches Master Classes in the Meisner Work, while continuing his own acting career. Larry is a past winner of the Warner Bros. Filmmaker of the Year Award for his film, Flight in Masquerade, and has also been busy directing for the stage. Larry is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City where he studied with master acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.
Category: Performing Arts

The Actor S Art And Craft

Author : William Esper
ISBN : 9780307481146
Genre : Performing Arts
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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.
Category: Performing Arts

The Actor S Guide To Creating A Character

Author : William Esper
ISBN : 9780345805690
Genre : Performing Arts
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William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.
Category: Performing Arts

Teaching Peace

Author : J. Denny Weaver
ISBN : 9780742514560
Genre : Religion
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Teaching Peace carries the discussion of nonviolence beyond ethics and into the rest of the academic curriculum. This book isn't just for religion or philosophy teachers it is for all educators."
Category: Religion

Acting In The Academy

Author : Peter Zazzali
ISBN : 9781317428367
Genre : Performing Arts
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There are over 150 BFA and MFA acting programs in the US today, nearly all of which claim to prepare students for theatre careers. Peter Zazzali contends that the curricula of these courses represent an ethos that is as outdated as it is limited, given today’s shrinking job market for stage actors. Acting in the Academy traces the history of actor training in universities to make the case for a move beyond standard courses in voice and speech, movement, or performance, to develop an entrepreneurial model that motivates and encourages students to create their own employment opportunities. This book answers questions such as: How has the League of Professional Theatre Training Programs shaped actor training in the US? How have training programmes and the acting profession developed in relation to one another? What impact have these developments had on American acting as an art form? Acting in the Academy calls for a reconceptualization of actor training the US, and looks to newly empower students of performance with a fresh, original perspective on their professional development.
Category: Performing Arts

Meisner In Practice

Author : Nick Moseley
ISBN : 1848420870
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book offers actors a step-by-step introduction to the salient features of the Meisner Technique and puts these to the test through a succession of practical exercises. The aim is to take the reader through the various stages of Meisner training, including addressing certain pitfalls and problems which the author has encountered in his own teaching.
Category: Performing Arts

Meisner For Teens

Author : Larry Silverberg
ISBN : 1575256169
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The long-anticipated teen guide to the Meisner technique by Larry Silverberg, leading Meisner Technique author and teacherSELLING POINTSMeisner for Teens, the first book devoted to exploring the Meisner Approach with teens, includes:- Individual and group exercises- Journal prompts- Writing, listening, and observing assignments- Thoughtful, inspiring quotes throughout- Perfect material to incorporate into High School Drama classes- Excellent text for Introduction to Acting college-level courses- Relates the craft of acting to the truths of lifeBOOK SYNOPSISLarry Silverberg, the author who introduced the Meisner Technique to actors through his acclaimed four-volumeworkbook series, has now written a Meisner guidebook for young actors. A perfect text for high school drama teachers,Silverberg provides clear and easy to understand instruction to guide young actors toward simple, meaningful, authenticand passionately alive ways of working. He speaks directly to the teenage actors, guiding them step-by-step through thedemanding and thrilling exercises of the Meisner Approach.In this workbook and acting journal wrapped in one, students keep a journal in which they define their desires and refine their skills of observation: learning to listen carefully to other people and pay keener attention to their own responses. Through dialogue work in pairs, young actors learn to engage immediately and directly with their partners.True acting develops through this increased sensitivity and fearless response to others.Meisner for Teens: A Life of True Acting, based on Silverberg¿s highly praised workshops for teens, will help teenactors to free themselves from self-consciousness and the pressures of performance to achieve truth on the stage¿andin life.LARRY SILVERBERG, director of the True Acting Institute, is an actor, acting teacher, and author of many books on acting. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied with legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the Meisner Technique. He has written an internationally acclaimed four-volume series on the Meisner Technique called The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actors Workbook. Silverberg teaches acting in his world-renowned professional actors training program, The Meisner Intensive Training Program, which he holds at universities, colleges, and acting studios around the world. He is also the founder of the True Acting Institute Association and is on the teaching faculties of The International Institute of the Performing Arts in Paris and European Act.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Shakespeare And Meisner

Author : Aileen Gonsalves
ISBN : 9781350118423
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This practical handbook is invaluable for anyone performing, teaching, studying or simply wanting a new way to enjoy Shakespeare. It provides an outline of Meisner's work and legacy, a discussion of that legacy in the light of the enduring global popularity of Shakespeare, and a wealth of practical exercises drawn from Meisner's techniques. Shakespeare writes about the truth in human relationships and human hearts. Sanford Meisner's work unlocks truthful acting. They would seem a perfect match. Yet, following Meisner's note to his actors that 'text is your greatest enemy', Shakespeare and Meisner are often considered 'strange bedfellows'. The rhetorical complexity of Shakespeare's text can often be perceived as rules an actor must learn in order to perform Shakespeare 'properly'. Meisner's main rule is that 'you can't say ouch until you've been pinched': in other words, an actor must genuinely feel something in order to react in a performance which is alive to the moment. This book explores how actors can use Meisner's tools of 'acting is reacting' to discover the infinite freedom within the apparent constraints of Shakespeare's text.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : Thomas Allen Greenfield
ISBN : PSU:000067590674
Genre : Performing Arts
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Explores the influence of the "Great White Way" on American life via 200 entries spanning the era from the mid-19th century to the present. Includes spotlights on 30 landmark productions.
Category: Performing Arts

American Theatre

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ISBN : UOM:39015057459888
Genre : Theater
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Category: Theater

Acting Is Believing

Author : Charles McGaw
ISBN : STANFORD:36105026624630
Genre : Performing Arts
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ACTING IS BELIEVING emphasizes that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe." ACTING IS BELIEVING is a classic text in the field, having been used by many generations of actors and now updated to speak to a new generation of acting students. It has a strong theoretical grounding, while providing numerous exercises to help the acting student apply the key concepts of actor training. It maintains the three-part structure of Actor; the Actor and The Play; and The Actor and the Production.
Category: Performing Arts

Your Film Acting Career

Author : Maurice Kowalewski Lewis
ISBN : 0929149025
Genre : Performing Arts
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Covers resumes, unions, theatrical agents, interviews, readings, finances, and goal setting
Category: Performing Arts

Directing Actors

Author : Judith Weston
ISBN : 0941188248
Genre : Performing Arts
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Demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong and more.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : Robert Barton
ISBN : IND:30000102985284
Genre : Performing Arts
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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.
Category: Performing Arts