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Actor Training in Anglophone Countries
Past, Present and Future

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ISBN 9780367236991
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Actor Training in Anglophone Countries offers a firsthand account of the most significant acting programs in English-speaking countries throughout the world. The culmination of archival research and fieldwork spanning six years, it is the only work of its kind that studies the history of actor training from an international perspective. It presents the current moment as crucial for student actors and those that teach them. As the profession continues to change, new and progressive approaches to training have become as urgent as they are necessary.

Using drama schools and universities as its subjects of inquiry, this book investigates acting programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Among the case studies are the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, National Theatre School of Canada, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and Carnegie Mellon University. All recognized for their distinguished reputations by industry professionals and acting teachers alike, the book examines each program’s pedagogical approach, administrative structure, funding apparatus, and alumni success. In doing so, it identifies the challenges facing acting schools today and offers a new direction for training in the twenty-first century.

This book will be of interest of theatre and performance scholars, artists, students and teachers.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Foreword (By Baron Kelly), Preface, Acknowledgements, Chapter 1 The State of Actor Training Today: An Introduction , Chapter 2 The Paternal Model: Training in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Chapter 3 The Commodified Model: Training in the US and Canada, Chapter 4 The Postcolonial Model: Training in Australia and New Zealand, Chapter 5 Back to the Future: Towards a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Model, Bibliography, Appendix

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Peter Zazzali is Senior Lecturer of Acting and the Director of the BA (Hons) Acting Program at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.