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Training of the American Actor

Training of the American Actor
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Edited by: Arthur Bartow
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 400
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1559362685
ISBN-13: 9781559362689

About the Book:

Hard to find book, very limited quantities available


Training of the American Actor by Arthur Bartow is the first comprehensive survey and study of the major techniques developed by and for the American actor over the past 60 years. Presented side-by-side, each of the 10 disciplines included is described in detail by one of today's foremost practitioners. An invaluable resource both for the young actor embarking on a career and for the theatre professional polishing his or her craft.

Presented in Training of the American Actor are:

Lee Strasberg's Method by Anna Strasberg, Lee's former student, widow, and current director of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Stella Adler Technique by Tom Oppenheim, Stella's grandson and artistic director of the Stella Adler Institute in New York.

Sanford Meisner Technique by Victoria Hart, director of the Meisner Extension at NYU.

Michael Chekhov Technique and The Mask by Per Brahe, a Danish teacher inspired by Balinese dance and introduced to the Chekhov technique in Russia.

Uta Hagen Technique by Carol Rosenfeld, who taught under Hagen's tutelage at the Herbert Berghof (HB) studio.

Physical Acting Inspired by Grotowski by Stephen Wangh, who studied with Jerzy Grotowski himself.

The Viewpoints by Mary Overlie, the creator of Viewpoints theory.

Practical Aesthetics by Robert Bella of the David Mamet-inspired Atlantic Theatre Company school.

Interdisciplinary Training by Fritz Ertl, who teaches at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

Neoclassical Training by Louis Scheeder, director of the Classical Studio of NYU.

What people say:

"Successful acting must reflect a society's current beliefs. The men and women who developed each new technique were convinced that previous methods were not equal to the full challenges of their time and place, and the techniques in this book have been adapted to current needs in order to continue to be successful methods for training actors. The actor's journey is an individual one, and the actor seeks a form, or a variety of forms, of training that will assist in unlocking his own creative gifts of expression." — Arthur Bartow, from the introduction

About the Author:

Arthur Bartow has worked as a professional actor, producer and director, and was the Chair and Artistic Director of the Drama Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His producing credits include premieres of Miguel Piñero's Short Eyes, Elizabeth Swados' The Beautiful Lady, and Pheof Sutton's Burial Customs. As actor, he portrayed over 70 roles on Broadway, off-Broadway, Las Vegas, touring, and stock. He authored The Director's Voice and edited Training of the American Actor (issued as Handbook of Acting Techniques in England and translated into the Russian).

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