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True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor


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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. 


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




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




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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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

Mamet, David
Vintage Books USA
Jones, Gai
New York :
American drama (dramatic works by one author)
Acting & Auditioning
Teaching Methods & Materials - Arts & Humanities
Edition Description:
Intellect Books - Theatre in Education
Series Volume:
no. 298
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9 x 7 x 1.1 in

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