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A practical guide for actors who want to work in the corporate sector, by a veteran with over 1400 corporate events to his credit. Thousands of actors in the UK make their living not from treading the boards but in the conference centres and training rooms of the nation's corporate sector. In this, the first book to be published about the increasingly accessible and lucrative business of corporate acting, Paul Clayton shows how this sort of work - training, coaching, role-plays, Forum Theatre and live events - can keep you in paid employment, and your skills sharp, whilst you look for other acting opportunities. He takes you through every aspect of the industry, with a series of practical examples and invaluable tips at every stage, including: * What sort of work is available - and how you can get it * The various role-play techniques you'll encounter * The dos and don'ts for offering constructive feedback to your clients * What Forum Theatre is - and how to do it * How to handle live events - and escape with your dignity intact Written with humour and great insight, So You Want To Be A Corporate Actor? encourages you to look at your skills from a business point of view, enabling you to take control over your own career. It is a must-read for any actor wishing to broaden their skills and make themselves more employable at all stages of their career. 'For actors wishing to utilise their theatrical skills within the corporate world, this book should be their bible. It is crystal clear, informative and irreverent - and lays out in simple terms how actors need to think and present themselves to be employable.' Janet Rawson, Co-founder of Steps Drama Learning Development
Since its original publication, 'Acting as a Business' has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O'Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It's packed with practical information - on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when performing in an agent's office.
"New Monologues for Women features "up to 30 monologues from plays published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama within the past year. The monologues are selected by the editor, Geoffrey Colman, on account of their relevance to drama school students and recent graduates entering the profession. Each monologue is preceded by an introductory paragraph, written either by the editor or a selected actor/director/playwright, outlining the setting, character type, and point in the plot. The monologue itself is annotated by the editor with staging advice, ideas to think about, highlighted points of significance, and information drawn from the professional production/s. There is a margin down the side of each page for the actor to scribble notes and their own annotation.This annual collection is "the "go-to resource for the auditioning actor with an insatiable appetite for new, original and excellent material.
Cracking Shakespeare serves to demystify the process of speaking Shakespeare's language, offering hands-on techniques for drama students, young actors and directors who are intimidated by rehearsing, performing and directing Shakespeare's plays. For some artists approaching Shakespeare, the ability to capture the dynamic movement of thought from mind to mouth, and the paradox of using the formality of verse to express a realistic form of speech, can seem daunting. Cracking Shakespeare includes practical techniques and exercises to solve this dilemma - including supporting online video which demonstrate how to embody Shakespeare's characters in rehearsal and performance - offering a toolkit that will free actors and directors from their fear of Shakespeare. The result of thirty years of acting, teaching and directing Shakespeare, Kelly Hunter's Cracking Shakespeare is the ideal textbook for actors and directors looking for new ways to approach Shakespeare's plays in a hands-on, down-to-earth style.
How does film acting differ from acting on stage and TV? What's it like working with hardly any script and where your closest relationship is with a camera lens? How do you act with your eyes and the smallest of gestures? How do you use your breathing and body to find and show truth and subtext? How can you use knowledge of the techniques of filming to enhance your performance? A Screen Acting Workshop provides answers to all of these questions and more, helping film actors to realize screen actor Herbert Lom's words of wisdom 'understand where you're coming from and where you're going to.'
In this resource for actors, movement teachers and directors explore the physical skills needed for the stage and the screen. The contributors, who are from diverse performance traditions, explain how their particular discipline came into being and why the skills involved are valuable to performers, and they present exercises and approaches for actors. The work aims to provide an insight into the physical skills, techniques and styles developed and used in 20th- and 21st-century performance, and readers who wish to explore a particular discipline should be able to jump to the chapter that pertains to their area of interest - whether it be Alexander technique, the work of Tadashi Suzuki, or period movement for the plays of Moliere. Those who want to pursue serious training in a particular technique can consult the appendix for listings of the best teachers.
Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance. Included herein are more than 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance.
As an actor at any level - whether you are doing theatre studies at school, taking part in youth theatre, preparing for drama-school showcases, or attending professional acting workshops - you will often be required to prepare a duologue with a fellow performer. Your success is often based on locating and selecting a fresh, dynamic scene suited to your specific performing skills, as well as your interplay as a duo. Which is where this book comes in.This collection features twenty-five fantastic duologues for one man and one woman, all written since the year 2000 by some of our most exciting dramatic voices, offering a wide variety of character types and styles of writing.Playwrights featured include Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, Sam Holcroft, Anna Jordan, Lucy Kirkwood, Rona Munro, Evan Placey, Jessica Swale and Jack Thorne, and the plays themselves were premiered at the very best theatres across the UK including the National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, the Traverse in Edinburgh, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Almeida, Bush, Hampstead and Royal Court Theatres.Drawing on her experience as an actor, director and teacher at several leading drama schools, Trilby James equips each duologue with a thorough introduction including the vital information you need to place the piece in context (the who, what, when, where and why) and suggestions about how to perform the scene to its maximum effect (including the characters' objectives). The collection also features an introduction on the whole process of selecting and preparing a duologue, and how to present it to the greatest effect. The result is the most comprehensive and useful contemporary duologue book of its kind now available.'Sound practical advice...a source of inspiration for teachers and students alike' Teaching Drama Magazine on The Good Audition Guides
Scott Sedita's Guide To Making It In Hollywood lays out everything an actor needs to know to launch a career in the entertainment capital of the world Tapping into his 25 years of experience in the business, renowned Acting Coach, Author and TV personality Scott Sedita breaks down the Three Steps to Success - Talent, Confidence, Perseverance - and shows how these elements work together to build a successful acting career.Further, Scott takes a unique approach in highlighting the many Obstacles actors face when pursuing their dream in Hollywood. Scott explains how actors must identify and avoid the Three Steps to Failure - Distractions, Addictions, Wrong Actions.With his bold, humorous, no-holds-barred approach, Scott guides the reader with practical, easily accessible advice as well as numerous Success Stories of famous actors he's worked with and how they made it to the top
The first of its kind, Body, Space, Image is a remarkable book about improvisation - a narrative of discovery that sets the mind loose from the rut of everyday perception. From a starting point in movement, improvisation is extended to include groups working together and the physical setting of performance - space, light , sound, objects. Generously illustrated with examples drawn from the last twenty years of experimental performance, Body, Space, Image explores ways of working and ways of thinking about performance that will inspire both the beginner and the experienced artist. It is a manual intended to stimulate rather than instruct. It offers rich pickings rather than a comprehensive system of working, and includes a unique collection of images - from dance theatre, and painting - and statements by working artists. Words and images combine to celebrate and record one of the most exacting art forms developed this century. Body Space Image has always been in demand as a standard work for dancers and other artists. It is now again reprinted having been unavailable for almost a year.
"Acting: A Drama Studio Source Book" is an invaluable handbook for drama teachers and students for use in the experimental atmosphere of the studio. It describes the basic elements that contribute to a sound technique and illustrates them with a wide range of ideas for informal practice by groups. All the suggestions and examples can be freely adapted to suit different levels of ability and different circumstances.
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