1st Edition

Applied Meisner for the 21st Century Actor

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ISBN 9780367542764
May 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

Applied Meisner for the 21st Century Actor revises Meisner’s core principles for the contemporary actor and presents a Meisner-based acting technique that empowers practitioners to take ownership of their own creative process.

In this book, the authors present the best, most applicable foundational components of Meisner’s technique in a clear, pragmatic, and ethical manner, and advance Meisner's core principles with their own innovations. Drawing on the best practices of consent-based work, they outline a specific approach to creating clear boundaries for the actor and establishing an ethical acting studio. Filled with practical exercises, useful definitions and explanations of foundational principles, and helpful advice on how to recognize and overcome common acting traps and pitfalls, this book provides a replicable and flexible technique that puts the actor at the center of their training.

Applied Meisner for the 21st Century Actor offers actors and students of acting courses a workable technique that will foster growth and discovery throughout their career.

The text also includes links to the companion website www.21CActor.com, where readers can engage with the material covered in the book and with Otos and Shively’s most up-to-date research, supplemental materials, and training opportunities.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations  1. What is Acting  2. Studio Guidelines  3. Keeping it Safe  4. Foundations: Other, Doing and Impulse  5. The Basic Repetition Exercise  6. The Independent Activity  7. Common Struggles and How to Work Through Them  8. The Foundations Developed, Part 1  Part 2: Technique  9. The Foundations Developed, Part 2: Preparing to Work with a Script  10. Point of View (POV)  11. Foundations Developed: Need (The Organizing Principle)  12. Foundations Developed: Action: The Actor’s Tools  13. Putting it All Together  Part 3: Additional Considerations  14. Bigger Acting Problems  15. A Few Final Thoughts  16. The Ethical Acting Studio

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Kevin Otos is a professional actor and director and an Associate Professor of Acting at Elon University, where he teaches Acting, Movement, and Period Styles.

Kim Shively is a professional actor and director, Associate Faculty at Theatrical Intimacy Education, and an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University where she teaches Acting, Voice, and Content Creation.