Acting Reframes: Using NLP to Make Better Decisions In and Out of the Theatre, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Acting Reframes

Using NLP to Make Better Decisions In and Out of the Theatre, 1st Edition

By Robert Barton


166 pages

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Acting Reframes presents theatre and film practitioners with a methodology for using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) as a tool to aid their practice.

Author Robert Barton uses the NLP approach to illustrate a range of innovative methods to help actors and directors, including:

• reducing performance anxiety

• enabling clearer communication

• intensifying character analysis

• stimulating imaginative rehearsal choices.

The author also shows how NLP can used alongside other basic training systems to improve approaches to rehearsal and performance.

The book shows the use of NLP to the reader in a playful, creative and easily accessible style that is structured to enable solo study as well as group work. The text offers a range of engaging exercises and extensive analysis of language patterns used in performance. It is a source for enhancing communication between all theatre practitioners in training, productions, and daily life outside the theatre.

Acting Reframes gives actors a richly rewarding approach to help them develop all aspects of their craft.


'Fundamentally this is a book on how to communicate better, and we all need that… The examples are clear and helpul, and the descriptions are lucid and cogent.'

- David Krasner, Emerson College, USA

'The purpose of the book is clearly presented throughout; the tone is cheerfully accessible and the content of exercises is practical and useful to actors and teachers.'

- Brigid Panet, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -What is NLP?

Chapter 2 -What is VAK?

Chapter 3- VAK in Theatre

Chapter 4- Reframing

Chapter 5- NLP Scene Study

Chapter 6 – Getting it Done

About the Author

Robert Barton is Professor Emeritus of Acting at the University of Oregon. He is the author of Acting: Onstage and Off, Voice: Onstage and Off (with Rocco Dal Vera), Theatre in Your Life and Life Themes (with Annie McGregor) and Style for Actors. His column "Many Right Ways" appears in each edition of The Voice and Speech Review.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General