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The Student Actor Prepares is a practical, interactive approach to a student actors 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 actors 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. 

Synopsis:

Iconoclastic playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, how to deal with agents and directors, and how to engage audiences.

About the Author

 

David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School, and New York University, and lectures at the Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the acclaimed plays The Cryptogram, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He has also written screenplays for such films as House of Games and the Oscar-nominated The Verdict, as well as The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, and Wag the Dog. His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award.

 

Table of 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

 

Actors 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 Actors 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 Actors 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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Ira, August 10, 2015 (view all comments by Ira)
Essential for any and all actors, "True and False" challenges several standards and techniques for approaching the art and craft of acting, by reminding us what it means to be an actor. Just know that it works best to when you take all of it, and none of it seriously.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679772644
Author:
Mamet, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Jones, Gai
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American drama (dramatic works by one author)
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Acting
Subject:
Drama-Acting
Subject:
acting;theatre;drama
Subject:
acting;theatre;drama;film
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Arts & Humanities
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Intellect Books - Theatre in Education
Series Volume:
no. 298
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
467
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 1.1 in

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