Robert Barton Acting on Stage and Off

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Acting on Stage and Off

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9780155084902: Acting on Stage and Off

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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About the Author:

Robert Barton is professor emeritus of acting and continues to teach at the University of Oregon. He has performed in most of the plays of Shakespeare and has directed half of them, including the title role in a PBS production of Hamlet. He is the author of several acting texts and is co-author, with Rocco Dal Vera, of VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF. Robert's book STYLE FOR ACTORS was recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and he has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival. He has published numerous articles on acting, and his regular column, "Many Right Ways", appears in each edition of THE VOICE and SPEECH REVIEW. He is also the author of a new introduction to theatre text, THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE (with Annie McGregor).

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"Dr. Robert Barton is head of the acting program at the University of Oregon. He has performed in most of the plays of Shakespeare and has directed half of them. His most recent professional acting credits include the title role in Galileo and Yvan in Art. He has authored several other acting texts. Barton is recipient of the Theatre Association's Best Book Award and has been honored as Outstanding Acting Coach by the American College Theatre Festival."

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