1st Edition

Exercises for Embodied Actors Tools for Physical Actioning

By Scott Illingworth Copyright 2020
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    218 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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.