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2nd Edition

Body Voice Imagination
ImageWork Training and the Chekhov Technique

ISBN 9780415461986
Published June 8, 2009 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

David Zinder’s Body Voice Imagination is written by one of the master teachers of the Michael Chekhov technique of acting training. This book is a comprehensive course of exercises devoted to the development of actors’ creative expressivity, comprising both pre-Chekhov ImageWork Training and seminal exercises of the Chekhov technique. It also details the way in which these techniques can be applied to performance through a discovery of the profound connections between the actor’s body, imagination and voice.

This new edition has been fully updated, with revisions and new material:

  • Updated exercises, reflecting developments in David Zinder’s own ImageWork Training
  • An detailed description, with exercises, of ImageWork’s connections to the Chekhov technique
  • A new chapter, bridging the gap between training and performance

Body Voice Imagination develops both a comprehensive physical training system and an emphasis on practical character work. This authoritative programme of ‘pre-Chekhov’ training is furnished with essential notes and advice from the author’s vast store of professional experience. 



David Zinder, Professor Emeritus of the Tel Aviv University Dept. of Theatre Arts, was a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, and has over three decades of experience in actor training and directing. Today he is a freelance international director.