Barton, Robert Acting: Onstage and Off

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Acting: Onstage and Off

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Barton's friendly, humorous and conversational writing style makes this a particularly student friendly text. 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 make it possible to have meaningful class discussions when all students have not read the same plays. The emphasis on onstage/offstage connection is invaluable because students become better actors as they become more confident people. The Stanislavski System chapter is clear and accessible and acting strategies are broken down into specific tactics. This edition contains approximately 80 quotes from actors, including Debbie Allen, Kathy Bates, Annette Benning, Michael Douglas, Jessica Tandy, Denzel Washington, and Jeremy Irons to give students insight from successful actors' approaches. Up-On-Your-Feet exercises give students the opportunity to actively practice what they have learned and the numerous scene suggestions give students a wide range of choices. A chapter on scene study with a guide for text analysis assists actors in knowing how to read, analyze and use a script. In this text, 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 make it possible to have meaningful class discussions when all students have not read the same plays. The emphasis on onstage/offstage connection is invaluable because students become better actors as they become more confident people. The Stanislavski System chapter is clear and accessible and acting strategies are broken down into specific tactics. A chapter on scene study with a guide for text analysis, assists actors in knowing how to read, analyze, and use a script.

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Robert Barton is a professor emeritus in acting at the University of Oregon and has also taught for the American Heritage Association in London. He has acted in most of the plays of Shakespeare and directed half of them. He is a prolific author, whose works include the books ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF (soon to be issued in its seventh edition); STYLE FOR ACTORS and VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), both recently published in updated editions; and the new text ACTING REFRAMES: USING NLP TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS IN AND OUT OF THE THEATRE. He most recently served as editor and adaptor of the 21st Century edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. Robert is recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival. He has numerous articles in scholarly journals, and his regular column, "Many Right Ways," appears in each edition of Voice & Speech Review.

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