Exercises for Embodied Actors: Tools for Physical Actioning builds on the vocabulary of simple action verbs to generate an entire set of practical tools from first read to performance that harnesses modern knowledge about the integration of the mind and the rest of the body.
Including over 50 innovative exercises, the book leads actors through a rigorous examination of their own habits, links those discoveries to creating characters, and offers dozens of exercises to explore in classrooms and with ensembles. The result is a modern toolkit that empowers actors to start from their own unique selves and delivers specific techniques to apply on stage and in front of the camera.
This step-by-step guide can be used by actors working individually or by teachers crafting the arc of a course, ensuring that students explore in physically engaged and dynamic ways at every step of their process.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Foundations for Physical Actioning 1. Curiosity & Attention 2. Action 3. Translating Physical Language Part 2. Seeing yourself 4. The Physical Action Journal 5. Creating Palettes 6. Diagraming Identities 7. The Pasta Maker Part 3. Building an Embodied Role 8. Mapping Their World 9. Making Text Physical 10. Building Bridges to You 11. Special Circumstances Part 4. Experiments for the Classroom and Ensembles 12. With a Partner 13. With Three or More 14. Skills Gymnasium Part 5. Program Notes 15. Would Stanislavsky Disapprove? 16. Will My Brain Get in My Way?
Scott Illingworth is a professor in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a freelance director. He has taught, lectured, and directed at universities and schools across the United States and internationally. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and a Fulbright grant recipient. For more information about Scott, please visit www.physicalactioning.com.