Chap14 - Chapter 14: Acting Actor as the only theatre...

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Chapter 14: Acting Actor as the only theatre artist that the audience normally sees Actor’s function = to embody character Living presence of actor as most essential element of audience’s experience Actors as among the few artists whose basic means of expression cannot be separated from themselves
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Acting Acting as extension of everyday behavior Acting skill as mixture of 3 basic ingredients: 1. Innate Ability 2. Training 3. Practice
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Acting 1. Innate Ability 2. Training 3. Practice Talent usually not enough in itself Importance of: nurturing and development extensive training repeated application in performance
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The Actor’s Training and Means The Actor’s Instrument: Body Voice Imagination Concentration Relaxation Psychological responsiveness Flexible Disciplined Expressive
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The Actor’s Training and Means The Actor’s Instrument: Actors may also pursue training in dancing, fencing, singing, and other skills
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The Actor’s Training and Means Observation: Human beings learn about each other in large part through observation Observed behavior may be drawn on in creating convincing characterizations
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The Actor’s Training and Means Imagination: Imagination helps actors to “feel their way” into the lives of others and into fictional situations Improvisation as useful tool Begin with given circumstances : who, what, when, where of the character’s situation
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The Actor’s Training and Means Concentration: Concentration = the ability to
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