A Guide for Actors


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About the Book

This work is a straightforward approach to the creative process of actor training. Combining principles of verbal and nonverbal communication with the basic tenets of Stanislavski’s approach, it includes a step-by-step guide for reading, analyzing, and preparing a text for performance. The book also provides a template for rehearsing a sonnet, a soliloquy, and scenes from plays of heightened language ranging from Shakespeare, Molière, and Congreve, to Ibsen, Shaw, and Lynn Nottage.
Using improvisation, games and exercises with a series of tools designed to enhance the creative process, the book outlines the specific steps necessary to engage in the basic tenets of acting: overcoming obstacles and playing action-based objectives. Enlarging the field of study to include status, opposition, and releasing, as well as scansion and an emphasis on operative words and images, the actor emerges from this training process prepared to play any text, in any style, under any circumstance, with confidence, ease and a sense of joy.

About the Author(s)

Sabin Epstein has served as codirector of the advanced training program at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, head of acting for the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA acting program, and head of performance skills for National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado, and as resident or guest director of numerous acting training programs throughout the United States. He lives in Denver.

Bibliographic Details

Sabin Epstein
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 267
Bibliographic Info: glossary, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8896-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4778-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Introduction 3

One. Basic Concepts 13

Two. Communication 31

Three. Verse 45

Four. The Sonnet: The Argument 60

Five. The Soliloquy: Transformation 73

Six. The Scene: The Loop, Part I 94

Seven. The Scene: The Loop, Part II 107

Eight. Molière: Status 124

Nine. Congreve: Extended Character 155

Ten. Ibsen: Opposites 182

Eleven. Shaw: The Basic 8 209

Twelve. Nottage: Releases 230

Appendix: Additional Plays and Playwrights 251
Glossary 253
Sources and Resources 257
Index of Games and Exercises 259