Training Of The American Actor
Training Of The American Actor

Training Of The American Actor

  • Publish Date: 2006-02-01
  • Binding: Paperback
Brand: Theatre Communications Group
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Successful acting must reflect a societys current beliefs. The men and women who developed each new technique were convinced that previous methods were not equal to the full challenges of their time and place, and the techniques in this book have been adapted to current needs in order to continue to be successful methods for training actors. The actors journey is an individual one, and the actor seeks a form, or a variety of forms, of training that will assist in unlocking his own creative gifts of expression.from the introduction

The first comprehensive survey and study of the major techniques developed by and for the American actor over the past 60 years. Each of the 10 disciplines included is described in detail by one of todays foremost practitioners.

Presented in this volume are:

Lee Strasbergs Method by Anna Strasberg, Lees former student, widow, and current director of The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute
Stella Adler Technique by Tom Oppenheim, Stellas grandson and artistic director of the Stella Adler Institute in New York
Sanford Meisner Technique by Victoria Hart, director of the Meisner Extension at New York University
Michael Chekhov Technique and The Mask by Per Brahe, a Danish teacher inspired by Balinese dance and introduced to the Chekhov technique in Russia
Uta Hagen Technique by Carol Rosenfeld, who taught under Hagens tutelage at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio
Physical Acting Inspired by Grotowski by Stephen Wangh, who studied with Jerzy Grotowski himself
The Viewpoints by Mary Overlie, the creator of Viewpoints theory
Practical Aesthetics by Robert Bella of the David Mamet-inspired Atlantic Theatre Company school
Interdisciplinary Training by Fritz Ertl, who teaches at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School
Neoclassical Training by Louis Scheeder, director of the Classical Studio of New York University

Arthur Bartow is the artistic director of the Department of Drama at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts. A former associate director of Theatre Communications Group, he is the author of the landmark book The Directors Voice.

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