Useful book for actor training



Stanislavski and the Actor
Between 1935 and 1938 at the Opera-Dramatic Studio in Moscow, Konstantin Stanislavski did hius final work with a group of 11 young actors and directors who he specially trained to teach his famous "system".

Stanislavski in Rehearsal
Vasili Toporkov was one of the rare outsiders ever to be invited to join the Moscow Art Theatre. Although already an experienced and accomplished artist, he was forced to retrain as an actor under Stanislavski's rigorous guidance.

Stanislavski: An Introduction (Theatre Arts Book)
Jean Benedetti's Stanislavski is the clearest and most succinct explanation of Stanislavski's writings and ideas, especially those in the Stanislavski's acting trilogy - An Actor Prepares , Building a Character , and Creating a Role - a staple of every actor's library.

Stanislavski: An Introduction
The Stanislavski "system" is still the only comprehensive method of actor training we possess. This text traces the growth of the "system" from its roots in the tradition of Russian realism, and charts the various phases it went through until the final emergence of the Method of Physical Action.

An Actor's Handbook
Stanislavski was the foremost influence on the "Method" school of acting, as developed by Lee Strasberg. Here in concise form is what Stanislavski himself said about acting, aimed at students, experienced theatre people and laymen interested in stage craft.

An Actor Prepares
Stanislavski's teachings can be quite complex if you are new to the theories within his practices. This book, An Actor Prepares, is both full of interesting dialogue between his classmates and his tutor (referred to as "The Director").

Building a Character
Stanislavski's second book.

Creating a Role
Rich is the substance of Creating a Role, so provocative, that one feels it is possible to take many of the ideas presented and expand them into essays or books.

Stanislavski's Legacy
This handbook is a companion volume to Stanislavski's three teaching books, "An Actor Prepares", "Building a Character" and "Creating a Role".

Modern Theories of Performance: From Stanislavski to Boal
The modern era in the theatre is remarkable for the extraordinary role and influence of theoretical practitioners, whose writings have shaped our sense of the possibilities and objectives of performance.

Konstantin Stanislavsky (Routledge Performance Practitioners)
Routledge Performance Practitioners are a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth and twenty-first century performance.

Beyond Stanislavsky: The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training
Routledge Performance Practitioners are a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth and twenty-first century performance.

Stanislavsky Technique: Russia
This volume contains: The Stanislavsky System - First Studio exercises 1912-1916; Vakhtangov as Rebel and Theoretician - Exercises 1919-1921; Michael Chekhov - Exercises 1919-1952; Stanislavsky's Fourth Period - Theory of Physical Actions 1934-1938.
Experimental Theatre: From Stanislavsky to Peter Brook
`It is a pleasure to read. Well-written, free of cant, impressively wide-ranging. The book is really an introduction to the avant-garde.' - John Lahr

Acting: A Handbook of the Stanislavski Method

Stanislavski's Fourth Level: A Superconscious Approach to Acting
Now, a timely book for a world undergoing radical creative challenges guides the actor to a new dimension of personal and creative transformation: Stanislavski's Fourth Level.



Michael Chekhov

Lessons for the Professional Actor

Michael Chekhov's to the Director and Playwright

The Other Chekhov: A Biography Of Michael Chekhov, The Legendary Actor-director & Theorist

To the Actor
How does an actor learn to: * Call up emotion? * Develop a character? * Strengthen awareness? These are essential techniques for every actor, and Michael Chekhov's classic work To the Actor explains, clearly and concisely, how to develop them.

Michael Chekhov (Routledge Performance Practitioners)
Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student. Michael Chekhov provides an accessible introductory guide to the work of this leading figure in theatre history.

On the Technique of Acting: The First Complete Edition of Chekhov's "Classic to the Actor"


David Zinder

Body Voice Imagination: A Training for the Actor (Theatre Arts (Routledge Hardcover))
Veteran acting trainer David Zinder has spent a career helping actors at all stages of their careers fine-tune their stage presence and harness their talent through a unique series of exercises that hone the actor's fundamental expressive tools - the body, the voice and the imagination.

Body Voice Imagination: A Training for the Actor (Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback))
Drawing upon the proven methods of David Zinder's workshops and acting classes, Body Voice Imagination teaches a set of skills so that the actor can be ready to perform at his or her highest level of creativity.

Viora Spolin

Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook
A collection of games and music to aid the drama teacher and give ideas for varied classes.

Improvisation for the Theater: : A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques
Spolin's improvisational techniques have changed the very nature and practice of modern theatre. This third edition updates the more than 200 now-classic exercises and adds 30 new ones.

Theater Games for the Lone Actor
This handbook presents theatre games and side coaching for the solo player. It contains over 40 exercises which allow actors to side coach themselves, at home, in rehearsal, or in performance.

Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook
Spolin's improvisational techniques changed the nature and practice of modern theatre. Her work has inspired actors, directors, teachers, and writers in theatre, television, and film.

Theater Game File (Index Cards and Handbook

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The Little Book of Theatre Games Volume@One: Game Book for Drama Ministries, Schools & Workshops

Gamesters Handbook: 140 Games for@Teachers and Group Leaders
The games in this book offer a valuable source of activities, exercises and strategies for parents, group leaders, people planning parties, travellers or anyone wishing to enliven any occasion they choose.

Gamesters' Handbook Two
"Gamester's Handbook 2" is a collection of 89 tried-and-tested games for developing self-awareness, confidence, decision-making skills, trust, assertiveness and just for fun.

The Gamester's Handbook 3
Most of the games presented here are brand new and have been invented by people who have used the successfully in many different environments.

One Hundred Plus Ideas for Drama
A source of drama ideas from the directors of the Anna Scher Children's Theatre, Islington.

Another 100+ Ideas for Drama
A source of drama ideas from the directors of the Anna Scher Children's Theatre, Islington.

Games for Actors and Non-Actors
Games for Actors and Non-Actors is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal.

Theatre Games: A New Approach to Drama Training
The games decribed in this handbook are all designed to enable anyone involved in acting to develop their technique without inhibition or artificiality.

House of Games
This resource for those running drama groups is divided into three sections.Part two looks at the role of the facilitator, and part three offers advice on the practical issues and includes games and exercises.

Theatre Games for Young Performers
The basics of pantomime, improvisation, voice control, monologues and dialogues presented in game formats with exercises and work sheets.

The Singing and Acting Handbook: Games and Exercises for the Performer
This book is an unique resource which directly addresses all performers who sing and act, whether in opera, musical theatre or music-theatre.

Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out

Impro : Improvisation and the Theatre
a great book for making you think about where you are in theatre.also gives good adeas which you can adapt yourself into your own ideas.

Improvisation Starters: A Collection of 900 Improvisation Situations for the Theater
Includes 900 situations for improvisation which use character conflict, contrasts, obstacles in solo improvisation, physical positions for one or two actors, props, the environment, and lines of dialogue.

The Actor and His Body (Methuen Drama)
In this volume, Litz Pisk examines the emotional and psychological impulses that motivate an actor in their role on the stage. Her theory is illuminated by her comments on specific texts and the relationship between meaning and movement.

Moves: A Sourcebook of Ideas for Body Awareness and Creative Movement
The aim of this publication is to deepen awareness of the body and the self through meditative movement and dance, rekindle the imagination by developing greater self-awareness, and to provide starting points to create expressive movement.

Method Acting

Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull: A Practical Guide for Actors, Teachers and Directors

Lee Strasberg, the Imperfect Genius of the Actors Studio

Strasberg at the Actors Studio:Tape Recorded Sessions
Lee Strasberg, originator of "method", remains an influential and controversial figure in the world theatre.

A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method
Strasbery analyzes the work of Constantin Stanislavsky, showing how he and others added to that work to develop the acting system known as the Method.

Sanford Meisner on Acting
Taking readers step-by-step through the most basic acting exercises to critiques of performances in scenes from contemporary American plays.

The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actors Actor's Workbook

The Sanford Meisner Approach Workbook Two: Emotional Freedom

The Sanford Meisner Approach: Workbook Three: Tackling the Text

The Sanford Meisner Approach Workbook IV Playing the Part

Technique of Acting

Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov
Legendary acting teacher Stella Adler gives her insights on the dramatic work of Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, and Anton Chekhov

Stella Adler: The Art of Acting
Drawing on an archive of notebooks, transcriptions, and audiotapes of Adler's work, Kissel presents the lessons and insights she brought to the craft of acting.

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Jacques Lecoq (Routledge Performance Practitioners)
."Jacques Lecoq" offers a concise guide to the teaching and philosophy of one of the most significant figures in 20th-century actor training.

Vsevolod Meyerhold (Routledge Performance Practitioners S.)
This is the first book to combine a biographical introduction to Meyerhold's life. A comprehensive and useable description of the 'biomechanical' exercises he developed for training the actor.

Twentieth Century Actor Training
Actor training is arguably the central phenomenon of twentieth century theatre making. Here for the first time, the theories, training exercises and productions of fourteen directors are analysed in a single volume, each one written by a leading expert.

Systems of Rehearsal: Stanislavsky,Brecht, Grotowski and Peter Brook
The gap between theory and practice in rehearsal is wide. many actors and directors apply theories without fully understanding them, and most accounts of rehearsal techniques fail to put the methods in context.

Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre
Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre brings together the first collection of essays in English to focus on Lecoq's school of mime and physical theatre.
A Young Actor's Scene Book: A Training Tool
A collection of scenes for young actors to try and experience. The material is based on issues that concern young people, so they can relate to it and understand the content.

Directing for the Stage: A Workshop Guide of 42 Creating Training Exercises and Projects
The 42 exercises detailed in this comprehensive guide provide both the instructor and the student a 'user-friendly' workshop structure. The basic concepts of directing are learned progressively.

Training Using Drama
The use of training techniques originally developed for theatre and improvization within the workplace has increased enormously and the effectiveness of the approach is finding many enthusiastic followers.

Max Reinhardt

Acting (Re)Considered: A Theoretical and and Practical Guide (Worlds of Performance)

The Actor and the Target

Directing for the Stage (Stagecraft)


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