The Student Actor Prepares

Acting for Life

Gai Jones

The Student Actor Prepares

Gai Jones

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

467 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $48.00 ISBN: 9781783201907 Published July 2014
The Student Actor Prepares is a practical, interactive approach to a student actor’s journey. Each chapter includes acting principles, their importance to the process, and workbook entries for emotional work, script analysis, and applications to the study of theater. Topics cover a brief history of the art of acting and how the study of acting can be an advantage in numerous occupations; an actor’s discovery of emotional work; movement and mime practices for the actor; vocal practices for the actor; solo improvisational study; script analysis for the individual actor; rehearsal tips; monologue work; original solo work; audition information; working with an acting partner or in a production; acting resources; and research topics. 
Preface to Teachers: Using this Book to Instruct Students
Preface to Student Actors: Using this Book

Creative (CI) and Reflective Inquiry (RI) Journey
Brief History of Theatre Acting
Theatre Vocabulary for the Acting Student: Top One Hundred and Sixty Essential Words
Theatrical Humor
Reading Plays
Closure for The Student Actor Prepares: Acting for Life: Prologue
1: Introduction to Theatre Acting

Unlimited Potential

Skills Developed by the Acting Process
Actor’s Personal Autobiography
Natural Talents and Aptitudes
Acknowledging your Uniqueness
Positive New Experiences
Dealing with Inhibitors
Dealing with Negativism and Rejection in the Acting Biz
Winning Attitudes
Closure for Chapter One: Theatre Acting
2: Creativity
Introduction to Creativity
Definition of Creativity
Say Yes to Creativity
Various Types of Creative Thinking: Brainstorming, Intuition, and Left Brain-Right Brain
Tips on How to Increase Your Creativity
Experiences to Increase Your Creativity
Left Brain/Right Brain Experience
Thinking Outside the Box
How an Actor Benefits by Thinking Creatively
Using Both Left and Right Brain Thinking in Acting
Closure for Chapter Two: Creativity
3: Movement

Introduction to Movement
Definition of Movement
History of Movement Training
Introduction to Relaxation for Movement
The Bow
Video Recording as Part of Your Rehearsal Process
Preparation for Actor’s Character Stance and Movement
Stage Stances and Movement
Introduction to Mime Study for the Actor
Closure for Chapter Three: Movement
4: Vocal Work
Introduction to Vocal Work
Taking Care of Your Voice
Warm-Up for Vocal Experiences
Vocal Vocabulary and Assignments
Song Lyrics for Vocal Work
Shakespeare for Vocal Interpretation
Closure for Chapter Four: Vocal Work
5: Improvisation
Introduction to Improvisation
Definition of Improvisation
History of Improvisation
Why an Actor Studies Improvisation
Vocabulary Used in the Study of Improvisation
Difference between Giving a Speech and Solo Improvisation Performance
Difference between Ad Lib and Improvisation
How an Actor Uses Improvisation
Basic Principles of Improvisation
Warm-Ups for Improvisations
Solo Improvisation
Closure for Chapter Five: Improvisation
6: Acting and Script Study
Introduction to Acting
History of Acting: Mechanical to Method
Master Acting Teachers
Acting Vocabulary
Reading and Analyzing a Script from an Actor’s Point of View
Character Biography for a Monologue from a Play
Closure for Chapter Six: Acting and Script Analysis
7: Monologues

Introduction to Monologues
Definition of a Monologue
History of the Monologue
Monologue Vocabulary
Why an Actor Studies Monologues
The First Day: Monologue for Analysis and Staging
Warming Up
Keeping It Real and in the Moment—Not Indicating
Memorizing Monologues
Musical Theatre Lyrics as Monologues
Solo Actor as a Playwright
Closure for Chapter Seven: Monologues
8: Auditions
Introduction to Auditions
Definition of an Audition
Positive Attitude about the Audition Process
Before You Go to Auditions
Guideline for Auditions
The Perfect Audition Monologues
Audition Professionalism
Unprofessionalism at an Audition
After an Audition
Closure for Chapter Eight: Auditions
Epilogue: Afterword

Introduction to the Epilogue
Advice for Your Future
Acting Goals Reassessment
Ensemble Acting Member
Continuing Your Acting Study
Acronyms for Unions and Associations
Acting in Later Life
Acting for Life: A Story about a Life-long Acting Learner
My Final Words of Advice—Discover Ways to Compliment Others and Say Thank You
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