The Student Actor Prepares

Acting for Life

Gai Jones

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. 
Contents
Preface to Teachers: Using this Book to Instruct Students
 
Preface to Student Actors: Using this Book
 
Prologue

 
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
 
Staging
 
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
 
Royalties
 
Audition Professionalism
 
Unprofessionalism at an Audition
 
After an Audition
 
Audiences
 
Closure for Chapter Eight: Auditions
 
Epilogue: Afterword
 

Introduction to the Epilogue
 
Advice for Your Future
 
Acting Goals Reassessment
 
Advocacy
 
Ensemble Acting Member
 
Continuing Your Acting Study
 
Careers
 
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
 
Index
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