Acting is Believing,
12th Edition

Kenneth L. Stilson, Larry D. Clark, Charles McGaw

ISBN-13: 9781285465050 | ISBN-10: 1285465059

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 352 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Did you know that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe?" This is the key concept behind ACTING IS BELIEVING. Authors Charles McGaw and Larry D. Clark have influenced thousands of actors, and this Twelfth Edition has been completely updated by Kenneth Stilson to inspire today's future acting professionals. New exercises keep the content current and relevant. You'll learn the Stanislavski System and how to perfect using it, and benefit from hundreds of other tips that help you become the flawless actor you are meant to be. The final chapter, "Getting the Job," will help you find a job in the acting industry by discussing the latest approaches to auditioning and marketing.

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Meet the Authors

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Kenneth L. Stilson is a Professor of Acting, Directing, and Musical Theatre and former Founding Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University. As a director, writer, or actor, he has worked in such theatres as the Lincoln Center (New York City), American Academy of Dramatic Art/Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles), Southern Repertory Theatre (New Orleans), Le Petite Theatre (New Orleans), Alabama Lyric Theatre, Stage West Theatre (Ft. Worth), Shakespeare in the Park (Ft. Worth), First Run Theatre (St. Louis), and Missouri's Summer Repertory Theatre. He has also been involved in the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and the Mississippi Shakespeare Festival. Over the past 28 years at various institutions, Stilson has directed and trained hundreds of actors, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in film, television, and stage, winning several Tony and Obie Awards. He has written numerous award-winning plays and screenplays, as well as published a biography and a range of national and international articles on acting and theatre. Stilson holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he studied under the tutelage of Larry D. Clark.

Larry Clark is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at University of Missouri. He joined the faculty in 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Speech and Dramatic Art. In 1988, after a distinguished career as a teacher of acting and directing, during which he directed dozens of plays, both with his students and for the University of Missouri professional Summer Repertory Theatre, Clark was selected as Dean of College of Arts and Science. During his career as a Professor of Theatre, Clark was active on the national scene and was elected President of all three professional organizations devoted to the educational aspects of theatre. He was an exceptionally well-known figure in the American College Theatre Festival, serving as festival critic for hundreds of plays during its first 20 years. The plays he mounted covered a broad range of dramatic literature from the classics to Sam Shepard. His production of Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was particularly praised. It starred one of Clark's young students, Tom Moore, who went on to establish a distinguished motion picture career as the popular actor, Tom Berenger. Berenger leads a long list of Professor Clark's former acting students who are now earning their living in motion pictures, the theatre, or both.

  • The popular appendix, "Learning the Lingo," has been completely revised, expanded, and reinstated into the text to serve as a quick reference guide for students.
  • Existing exercises have been modified and edited, and new exercises have been added to keep the text current and relevant to today's students.
  • A majority of the published monologues as well as many of the references have been replaced to help clarify theoretical material.
  • More than thirty percent of the photographs and visual elements have been updated.
  • Acting theory has been clarified and updated throughout the text.
  • The important Chapter 12, "Preparing Undirected Scene Study," helps synthesize technique training in most acting classes. Student feedback on this section is uniformly positive: they found it to be helpful, straightforward, greatly needed, and yet unique from other acting books.
  • Modified, updated, and new exercises keep this classic text on the cutting edge of today's actor training.
  • Because today's students are such visual learners, 30 percent of the photographs and captions, as well as the visual elements, have been updated as customary with recent editions of the text.
  • The popular appendix, "Learning the Lingo," serves as a quick reference guide for students and has been reinstated into the textbook. The other two appendices, "Theatre Web Links" and "Suggested Scene Study for Undergraduate Actors," remain online to serve as references.
  • ACTING IS BELIEVING walks students through an easy-to-learn three-part structure: The Actor, The Actor and The Play, and The Actor and The Production. The acting theory remains grounded in Stanislavski-based training, while evolving to speak to today's students pursuing careers in theatre, film, and television.
  • Chapter 13, "Getting the Job," discusses the very latest approaches to auditioning, marketing, and surviving the competitive theatre industry to help students get a job in theatre.

Table of Contents

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1. Training Your Talent.
2. Approaching the Creative State.
3. Discovering Physical Actions.
4. Defining Simple Objectives.
5. Developing Your Powers of Observation.
6. Exploring Circles of Attention.
7. Investigating the Subconscious.
8. Creating a Character.
9. Interpreting the Lines.
10. Communicating the Subtext.
11. Transforming into Character.
12. Preparing Undirected Scene Study.
13. Getting the Job.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

Web Site for McGaw/Stilson/Clark's Acting is Believing, 12th

Log on to the book's website at CengageBrain.com to find two appendices that serve as helpful references: "Theatre Web Links" and "Suggested Scene Study for Undergraduate Actors."

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