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How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal

How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal<br> by Alice Spivak How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Alice Spivak with Robert Blumenfeld
Publisher: Limelight Editions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 280
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0879103426
ISBN-13: 9780879103422

About the Book:

This practical book on the subject of how to act provides a step-by-step system for analyzing and building a character.

The title of this book may make you think acting coach Alice Spivak is writing about what actors can do to keep their instrument fine-tuned when they're not working. But the subtitle – Acting and the Media – tips you off to her real theme: she is writing about assignments in film, television, and commercials in which the rehearsal period is either severely truncated or altogether absent.

How to Rehearse When There Is No Rehearsal is based on Alice Spivak's forty years of acting, coaching, and teaching classes based on the system of Konstantin Stanislavsky as interpreted and taught by Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof (Alice Spivak both studied and taught at New York's HB Studio). She lays out an 11-step program for developing a role, from reading the script through creating a "character chart" enumerating background and character traits. Her innovative approach can can be applied even in the short time an actor has to prepare for auditions and, as is often the case today, for many television performances. Timely advice includes how to do camera takes, interpret and follow stage directions, and how to prepare for auditions and work in theatre, film, television commercials, and television soap operas, sitcoms, and nighttime dramas.

What people say:

"Essential to good performance is rehearsal time. Thank you, Alice, for showing us ways to reclaim it." — Ruby Dee, Actor.

"An absolute must for any beginning, intermediate or advanced actor, director, or playwright." — NYtheatre.com

"An absolute must for any beginning, intermediate or advanced actor, director, or playwright." — NYtheatre.com

"Actors and collections catering to them will find How to Rehearse When There's No Rehearsal a winner: it assists actors in all mediums including television and film and uses over forty years experience on theatre, film and television to provide actors with a step-by-step program for developing and building a character. From developing relationships and writing a preliminary character background to planning activities and action, this provides a winning set of insights on the entire process of honing characters and actor's skills." — The Bookwatch

About the Authors:

Alice Spivak is a veteran actress, acting coach, and a popular free-lance acting teacher. She taught at Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen's HB Studio for 15 years. She has coached on feature films, Broadway shows, TV mini-series, pilots, etc., and taught Directing Actors Workshops at NYU and Columbia Film Grad Schools. As an actress, she has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theatre. On television, audiences have seen her in Law and Order, Sex and the City, and Law and Order CI.

Robert Blumenfeld works as an actor, dialect coach and writer in New York City, and has been on the faculties of both the Stella Adler and the National Shakespeare Conservatories. His career in recording books includes having recorded more than 280 Talking Books for the American Foundation for the Blind.