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The Science of Acting

The Science of Acting
Your Price: $36.95 CDN
Author: Sam Kogan
Edited by: Helen Kogan
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 264
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0415488125
ISBN-13: 9780415488129

About the Book:

Unlike any other acting handbook, The Science of Acting gives you the tools to act beautifully.

What is good acting? How does one create believable characters? How can an actor understand a character if they do not understand themselves?

In The Science of Acting, renowned teacher Sam Kogan uses his theories on the relationship between neuroscience, psychology and acting to answer these questions. Practical exercises provide a step-by-step guide to developing an actor's ability, culminating in Ten Steps to Creating a Character.

He presents you with a groundbreaking understanding of the subconscious and how it can be applied to your acting. The author's highly original perspective on Stanislavski's teaching gives you a unique insight into your character's minds.

If you want to create believable characters from any period, in any style and for any audience, and if you want to have peace of mind that when you acted well, you knew how to recreate that as often as was required... if you want to know what good acting is — then The Science of Acting is a must read.

What people say:

"I owe my career to Sam Kogan. His teachings which were a clear, distinct and inspirational, have been the bedrock of my professional life. No matter what the job and no matter where it was, from American blockbusters to British independent films, Sam's teachings have never let me down." — Eddie Marsan, actor: Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, Vera Drake, Mission Impossible III

"The Science of Acting is the atom bomb of techniques. Everything important to the creation of a character and good acting can be found here. Sam has taken Stankslavski into a new and far more comprehensive direction. This book is filled with insight and brilliant practical technique for creating characters. So much of acting teaching is filled with vague concepts and unworkable ideas. The Science of Acting is grounded, practical and precise." — Richard Brake, actor: Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, Munich, The Black Dahlia, Hannibal Rising, Halloween II

"I consider having been trained by Sam Kogan in The Science of Acting the luckiest break I have ever had ... this book takes the most honest and expedient route to helping people become the best actors they can be." — David Bark-Jones, actor: The DaVinci Code, Sixty-Six, RocknRolla

About the Author:

Sam Kogan (1946-2004) was a Russian-born acting teacher who taught in numerous London drama schools. He studied at the Moscow Institute of Theatre Arts (now the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) under the tutelage of Professor Maria Knebel who was a student and later colleague, of Stanislavski's at the Moscow Arts Theatre. After working in the professional theatre and emigrating to England, he established The Science of Acting, a complete stand-alone technique. Significant students include Eddie Marsan, Richard Brake, David Bark-Jones, Sara Marie Maltha, Philip Bulcock and Audrey Sheffield.

Helen Kogan is the chair and former principal of The Academy of Science of Acting and Directing, which was founded in 1991 by Sam Kogan. She has helped to shape her father's words and work for the publication of The Science of Acting.