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1st Edition

Dreamwork for Actors

ISBN 9780878301669
Published April 11, 2003 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing upon her wide experience as actor and director, Janet Sonenberg shows what dreamwork can do. No other acting technique offers the performer's own dreams as a means to profoundly deepen imaginative and artistic expression. This is a wholly new tool with which actors can unleash startling performances.



Janet Sonenberg is Professor of Theatre at MIT. A stage director who has also worked in television and film, she is the author of The Actor Speaks: Twenty-Four Actors Talk about Process and Technique. In August 2003 she will be developing her dreamwork technique with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She lives in Cambridge, MA.


"Sonenberg's thesis and the elements of the technique are clearly identified and honed in each of her students' journeys and, in a separate chapter, with actor Alan Arkin and son Anthony." -- Elizabeth Stifter, Library Journal
"Mining your dreams, the mother lode of inspiration, is here made practical and useful and oddly safe with such an honest and courageous guide to lead the way. Like all good teachers she doesn't ask you to do anything she hasn't done herself." -- Kathleen Chalfant, actor
"Soonberg's new acting techniques guide actors in the use of dreams to enrich performance. Her techniques give access to that part of the imagination which emanates from our unconscious.." -- Jean-Claude Van Itallie
"Reading Dreamwork for Actors by Janet Sonenberg was a little like having a really good dream. It needed a little time to draw me in, but once I did, I was fascinated and didn't want it to end. Also like a dream, I was never sure whether to believe what I was reading or not, but so convincing was the journey and the description along the way that the book made me want it to be real. Unlike a dream,, however, when I closed the book on the last page, I was convinced that what Sonenberg reported was no fiction created by the imagination, and I can't wait to try out her discoveries--if not with my college students, then certainly with my colleagues in the profession." -- Dramatics Magazine