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Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors

Meditation Techniques for the Performing Artist, 1st Edition

By Kevin Page

Routledge

242 pages

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Advanced Consciousness Training for Actors: Meditation Techniques for the Performing Artist explores theories and techniques for deepening the individual actor’s capacity to concentrate and focus attention. Going well beyond the common exercises found in actor training programs, these practices utilize consciousness expanding "technologies" derived from both Eastern and Western traditions of meditation and mindfulness training as well as more recent discoveries from the fields of psychology and neuroscience. This book reviews the scientific literature of consciousness studies and mindfulness research to discover techniques for focusing attention, expanding self-awareness, and increasing levels of mental concentration; all foundational skills of the performing artist in any medium.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Brief History of Consciousness and Actor Training in the West

Chapter 2: The Actor’s Instrument

Chapter 3: Consciousness Explorers—Postmodern Practitioners on the Leading Edge

Chapter 4: Why do Actors Need Advanced Consciousness Training or A.C.T.?

Chapter 5: The Distracted Actor—Techno-cultural Proliferation of Mobile-digital Technology

Chapter 6: What Does Meditation Actually Do?

Chapter 7: Guided Consciousness Exercises

Chapter 8: Mantra, Movement, Chanting

Chapter 9: Core Practice—Focused Awareness and Open Monitoring Exercises

Chapter 10: Conscious Considerations

Chapter 11: A.C.T Program Design and the Enlightened Actor

About the Author

Author

Kevin Page is a seasoned professional actor/writer/theorist with a background in psychology, meditation practices, and consciousness research.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General