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Building Embodiment
Integrating Acting, Voice, and Movement to Illuminate Poetic Text

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ISBN 9781032068312
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Building Embodiment: Integrating Acting, Voice, and Movement to Illuminate Poetic Text offers a collection of strategic and practical approaches to understanding, analyzing, and embodying a range of heightened text styles, including Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare, and Restoration/Comedy of Manners.

These essays offer insights from celebrated teachers across the disciplines of acting, voice, and movement, and are designed to help actors find deeper vocal and physical connections to poetic text. Although each dramatic genre offers a unique set of challenges, Building Embodiment highlights instances where techniques can integrate and overlap, and illustrates how the synthesis of body, brain, and word results in a fuller sense of character experiencing for both the actor and the audience.

This book bridges the gap between academic and professional application, and invites the student and professional actor into a deeper experience of character and story.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Acting

1. The Natural Elements

Peter Allen Stone

2. Leading Center, Super Objective, and Style

Josh Chenard

3. Tackling Heightened Text

Miriam Mills

4. (3" x 5") x 40: A Journey to Embodiment

Louis Fantasia

5. The Words: Golden Keys to the Inner Life of the Character

Baron Kelly

6. Embodiment through Breath and the Voice

Josephine Hall

7. Playing the Persian Queen

Stratos E. Constantinidis

Part 2: Teaching

8. Sculpting & Imaging the Text: An Equitable and Inclusive Approach to Speaking Heightened Language

Peter Zazzali

9. The Sound in the Silence; the Movement in the Stillness: Discovering Embodiment in Presence

Karen Kopryanski and Peter Balkwill

10. Grace, Gravitas and Grounding - Approaching Greek Tragedy Through a New Translation of Hecuba

Tamara Meneghini

11. Animating the Ancients: A Scaffolded Approach to Physicalizing Greek Theatre

Doreen Bechtol

12. Naughty, Bawdy Characters and Comedy of Manners

Candice Brown

13. "O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain": Hamlet and the Rhetoric of Repetition

Matt Davies

14. Agamemnon’s Homecoming: Using Active Analysis to Explore Ancient Theatre

Sharon Marie Carnicke

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Dr. Baron Kelly is the Vilas Distinguished Professor in the Theatre and Drama Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is a four-time Fulbright Scholar and has traveled extensively as a Cultural Specialist for the United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs teaching and lecturing on the theatre in Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Europe, London, and Asia. His teaching of acting has led him to teaching and lecturing residencies in more than a dozen countries on five continents.

Karen Kopryanski is an Assistant Professor and the Head of Voice and Speech at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has coached more than 75 theatrical productions in the United States and spent ten years on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory. A 2003 graduate of the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University, she is also the Reviews Editor for the Voice and Speech Review, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, a recently appointed US Fulbright Specialist, and she has taught and led workshops in Russia, Italy, Canada, Singapore, and Turkey.