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Acting: Onstage and Off,
7th Edition

Robert Barton

ISBN-13: 9781305077447 | ISBN-10: 130507744x

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 416 pages

List Price USD $199.95

Overview

Reader-friendly and practical, ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF demonstrates how to adapt onstage training toward offstage performance, and how to apply skills for theatre and film to lead a rich, full life outside the theatre. Humorous, conversational writing helps students learn all phases of actor training, including scene study, auditioning, and improvisation, as well as relaxation techniques for the mind, voice and body. Examples from life, rather than dramatic literature, ensure understanding. Students also learn strategies for connecting with other actors in a scene and in rehearsal. Enlightening and creative exercises help students practice altering their physical and emotional state to become a character while keeping those aspects of their selves that most serve the role being played.

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Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He has directed more than half of Shakespeare’s plays and performed in most of them, including playing the title role in a PBS production of HAMLET. A prolific author, Dr. Barton has published numerous scholarly articles on acting and nine books, including VOICE: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Rocco Dal Vera), MOVEMENT: ONSTAGE AND OFF (with Barbara Seller Young), THEATRE IN YOUR LIFE and LIFE THEMES (both with Annie McGregor), ACTING REFRAMES: USING NLP TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS IN AND OUT OF THE THEATRE, and A VOICE FOR THE THEATRE. His STYLE FOR ACTORS received the Theatre Association’s Best Book Award. In addition, he was editor and adaptor of the newly revised edition of the classic text THE CRAFT OF COMEDY. The American College Theatre Festival honored Dr. Barton as Outstanding Acting Coach. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

  • “Offstage Actions” provide a framework for those who intend to use this training in venues outside the theatre. The material also includes professional skills to supplement personal ones.
  • ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF goes far beyond the usual performance information by offering ways to act one’s life better. Acting teachers uncomfortable with encouraging students to fall in love with acting and pursuing a career where there are few employment options, will feel much better knowing that this text teaches essential life skills and survival tools in their lives outside the theatre.
  • “Offstage Actions” assists readers in finding ways to use this training in venues outside the theatre. Professional skills are supplemented with personal ones.
  • A wealth of actor testimony from well-known performers includes insight from both proven veterans and successful newcomers near the ages of the students.
  • ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF delivers a clear interpretation of Stanislavski-the father of actor training as we know it-for modern readers.
  • Numerous exercises and approaches allow flexible selection and adaptation. Exercises can easily be cut back in scope while written assignments can be adapted into thought-provoking discussion questions and improvisations in those instances where a minimum of academic work is deemed appropriate.
  • ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF demonstrates how offstage performance can be effectively adapted for the theatre as well as how onstage training can be applied toward leading a full life outside the theatre. This basic approach focuses on life experience rather than on dramatic literature for background material and positions fundamentals such as auditioning as basic skills that can be applied to many areas of life.
  • Numerous exercises and approaches allow flexible selection and adaptation. Exercises can easily be cut back in scope while written assignments can be adapted into thought-provoking discussion questions and improvisations in those instances where a minimum of academic work is deemed appropriate.
  • ACTING: ONSTAGE AND OFF delivers a clear interpretation of Stanislavski – the father of actor training as we know it – for modern readers.
  • Accessible and conversational, the author’s down-to-earth writing style uses original terms – rather than invented vocabulary – for acting concepts and emphasizes the actor’s responsibility for in-rehearsal active contribution and out-of-rehearsal exploration.

Table of Contents

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Preface.
About the Author.
1. Acting Acknowledged.
2. Relaxed Readiness.
3. Individual Inventory.
4. Stanislavski's System.
5. Stanislavski Stretched.
6. Truth/Technique.
7. Scene Study.
8. Performance Process.
9. Acting Anticipated.

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