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Acting: The Basics

2nd Edition

By Bella Merlin


204 pages

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Now in a vibrantly revised second editon, Acting: The Basics remains a practical and theoretical guide to the world of the professional actor, which skilfully combines ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. Retaining a balance between acting history, a discussion of pioneers and a consideration of the practicalities of acting techniques, the new edition includes a discussion of acting for the screen as well as the practicalities of stage acting, including training, auditioning and rehearsing. With a glossary of terms and useful website suggestions, this is the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about the practice and history of acting.

Table of Contents



1. A Brief History of Acting

2. ‘I Can Do That’: Actor-Training. 3.

3. ‘You Got the Part!: Auditions.

4. ‘Building a Character’: Rehearsal Processes.

5. ‘Another Opening, Another Show!’: Performance Practices.

6. ‘Passing the Baton’: Eleven Executors of Acting.

Glossary of Terms



About the Author

Bella Merlin is Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of California, Davis, Riverside, as well as an actor and trainer.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General