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Acting Alone: A Drama Teacher's Monologue Survival Kit

Acting Alone: A Drama Teacher's Monologue Survival Kit
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Demetra Hajidiacos
Publisher: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 124
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1897289006
ISBN-13: 9781897289006

About the Book:

Students trained to act alone are skilled at filling in the blanks on stage. These students understand character development and are able to apply their concepts to any role including those created in the spur of the moment during an improvised scene. Above all, these are students who own the stage they walk on, exuding confidence to the rafters and beyond.

In reading Acting Alone, you — the drama teacher — will acquire a whole new way of looking at monologues and their multiplicity of uses in the classroom. You may choose to create a small unit devoted to monologue work in order to prepare your students for audition situations, or you may choose to use monologues to teach units on character development, movement, voice, acting, writing and directing.

You will learn to teach your students how to write their own monologues and how to write monologues for your students. Or, use the monologues written by the author — 100 are included! English, History, and Drama teachers could use these ideas to create useful units to explore fictional characters or historical figures. Students can take a character from a novel, play, or history lesson and create a monologue that the character or historical figure gets to recite. At the end of each chapter, a Survival Kit gives a concise summary of the important points covered in that chapter. While lesson planning, refer to the Drama Teacher's Monologue Survival Kit for inspiration or make it your "to do" list for the unit. So why not get started!

What people say:

"What sets Acting Alone apart from other monologue resources is that it not only allows students to create their own monologues, but it has an entire chapter filled with monologues written by Hajidiacos. This resource is packed full of useful tips for any classroom. An excellent resource for grades 9-12, but it could also be used at the middle years level. As monologues are excellent for confidence building and oratorical skills, Acting Alone is a must in any drama classroom. I would give this a 4-star rating and a big 'thank you' to Hajidiacos for being inspired to create this much-needed resource." — CM Magazine

"Hajidiacos finds ways to trick students into giving honest, truthful performances by just laying down rudimentary rules. If her ideas gain wide currency, it's possible that high schools and universities across North America will be presenting more powerful and honest performances than the Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Geffen Playhouse combined." — American Theatre

About the Author:

Demetra Hajidiacos is a writer, director, actor and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and an Honours Theatre Directing Degree from the University of Winnipeg. She has taught drama, improvisation, musical theatre, theatre arts and public speaking in the public school system, and has taught acting classes for teens and adults in the professional drama community of Manitoba.