Actor In You

Series
Pearson
Author
Robert Benedetti  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
6
Language
English
Total pages
176
Pub.-date
February 2014
ISBN13
9780205914906
ISBN
020591490X
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Explore the fundamentals of acting

 

The Actor in You presents a thorough and systematic exposure to the fundamentals of the acting process in simple, direct language and a streamlined structure.  This title draws on exercises and examples from students’ everyday lives, well-known plays, and popular television programs to lead the beginning student through the process of creating a role.

 

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Features

  • Learn Acting Fundamentals in Twelve Easy Steps - New to this edition, the author has reorganized his title to streamline the acting process into twelve (rather than 16) key steps.
  • Extends Coverage on Key Topics - New chapters have been added on voice and speech (Chapter 3), exploring the text (Chapter 5), and personalization (Chapter 9).  
  • Provides Hands-On Activities -  Individual and group exercisesthroughout the text help students explore and experience the basic skills and processes of acting. These exercises are located in each chapter for students to think critically and apply the theories as they learn them.
  • Offers Balanced Coverage - Acting considerations for both stage and camera are covered throughout to allow the book to offer guidance to the widest range of acting students.  This approach also fosters an appreciation of a variety of acting styles, techniques, and approaches.  
  • Provides Clear and Direct Language and Examples - Well-organized, clear, and concise writing makes the work student-friendly and accessible to all levels of students.

New to this Edition

  • This edition has been reorganized from the original sixteen steps into twelve easy steps that lead to an understanding and experience of the acting process.
  • The overall structure has been simplified from four parts to three. This tightening of the book’s structure is intended to give instructors more latitude to vary the content of the course to fit their own teaching approaches.

Chapter 3

This chapter has been added on voice and speech as requested by several users, and in recognition of the fact that today’s students have less experience in speaking aloud than did previous generations.

Chapter 5

  • This new chapter (Chapter 5) provides the basis for an initial analysis of the text.

Chapter 9

  • This new chpater has been added on personalization with techniques for entering into the life of the character.

Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

1) Full Table of Contents

 

Part 1: Preparing Yourself  

 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor’s Job  

Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering  

Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech

Chapter 4: Working Together

 

Part 2: Action and Character

 

Chapter 5: Exploring the Text

Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives  

Chapter 7: How Scenes Work

Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character

Chapter 9: Personalization

 

Part 3: The Performance and After

 

Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals

Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals

Chapter 12: The Performance and After

 

Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor

Appendix B:  Suggested Plays and Anthologies  

Appendix C:  Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare

 

Glossary of Theater Terminology 

 

2) Full Table of Contents

 

Part 1: Preparing Yourself  

 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor’s Job  

Engagement  

Truthfulness  

Skill  

Usefulness

Dramatic Function 

Finding Your Own Sense of Purpose

Discipline 

 

Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering  

Relaxation  

Finding Your Center  

Breathing, Sounding, and Moving From Center 

The Cycle of Energy  

Your Relationship to Gravity  

Phrasing Movement  

 

Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech

Using Your Own Voice

Speech

Voice Production

Articulation

Speech, Character, and Situation

Further Training of Body and Voice

 

Chapter 4: Working Together

Leading and Following  

Seeing and Hearing  

 

Part 2: Action and Character

 

Example Plays  

Selecting Your Scene

 

Chapter 5: Exploring the Text

Word Choice   

Rhythm

The Music of Speech

The Given Circumstances

  

Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives  

Stanislavski’s View of Action  

Internal and External Action: Justification

Action and Emotion

Action and Public Solitude  

Dual Consciousness  

Indicating  

Automatic and Spontaneous Actions

Defining Useful Objectives

Playable Actions

Obstacles and Counter-actions

Subtext

The Through-line and Superobjective

 

Chapter 7: How Scenes Work

The Shape of a Scene

Crisis  

Units of Action or Beats

Making Connections

 

Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character

Character Traits

  

Chapter 9: Personalization

Needs and Personalization

Emotion Recall and Substitution

Entering the Character’s Mind

Perception, Arousal, and Attitude

Deliberation and Strategic Choice

The Inner Monologue

The Super-Choice

Autobiography, Diary, and Self-image

 

Part 3: The Performance and After

 

Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals

Auditions

Preparation and Homework

Early Read-throughs

Getting Up and Off Book

Exploring the Character’s Body

Communication in Rehearsal

You and Your Director

 

Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals

Types of Stages  

Directions on Stage 

The Groundplan and Blocking  

Establishing the Score

Shaping and Pacing the Performance

Costumes, Makeup, and Props

Technical Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsal

 

Chapter 12: The Performance and After

Emotion in Performance  

Spontaneity  

Beginning the Performance

The Fear of Failure

Measuring Success

Growth After Opening  

Your Sense of Purpose  

Transformation

 

Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor

 

Appendix B:  Suggested Plays and Anthologies  

Plays  

Play and Scene Anthologies  

Anthologies for Students of Color  

 

Appendix C:  Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare

 

Glossary of Theater Terminology 

Author

Robert Benedetti, a distinguished teacher of acting and directing, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer, received his PhD from Northwestern University. After serving as Director of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, he became an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre.

 

He taught for fifty years at schools such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, the Australian Victorian College of the Arts, and the University of California, Riverside.

 

He was Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Head of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and for eight years Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He recently retired as a tenured Full Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre.

 

Benedetti was Company Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and has directed at many other regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the South Coast and San Diego Repertory Theatres, and Australia’s Melbourne Theatre Company, with multiple productions at the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare festivals. 

 

As a screenwriter and producer, Benedetti has won three Emmys and a Peabody Award. He has written six books on acting and film production, including The Actor at Work 10th edition, The Actor in You, 5th edition (now translated into Danish,) ACTION! Acting for Film and Television and From Concept to Screen (now translated into Chinese.)

 

In 2005 he received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and in April, 2012, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center.