1st Edition

Mythic Imagination and the Actor
Exercises, Inspiration, and Guidance for the 21st Century Actor

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after August 3, 2021
ISBN 9780367715502
August 3, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $39.95

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Book Description

In Mythic Imagination and the Actor, Marissa Chibás draws on over three decades of experience as a Latinx actor, writer, filmmaker, and teacher to offer an approach to acting that embraces collective imagination, archetypal work, and the mythic.

The book begins with a comparative analysis between Method Acting and Mythic Acting, encouraging actors to push past the limits of singular life experience and move to a realm where imagination and metaphor thrive. In the context of Mythic Acting, the book explores awareness work, solo performance creation, the power of archetypes, character building exercises, creating a body/text connection, and how to be the detective of your own process. Through this inclusive guide for a new age of diverse performers traversing gender, ability, culture, and race, readers are able to move beyond their limits to a deep engagement with the infinite possibilities of rich imagination. The final chapter empowers and motivates artists to live healthfully within the practice and create a personal artistic vision plan.

Written for actors and students of Acting, American Drama, and Film and Theatre Studies, Mythic Imagination and the Actor provides practical exercises and prompts to unlock and interpret an actor’s deepest creative sources.

Table of Contents

1. The Mythic Sense  2. Laying The Ground Work  3. Archetypes  4. Noir  5. The Body Text Connection  6. Spoken Improvs  7. What Pro-Wrestlers Taught Me About Acting  8. Solo Performance  9. Artistic Visioning

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Marissa Chibás is a Los Angeles-based writer, filmmaker, actor, educator, and recipient of the TCG Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. She is on the Theater School faculty at California Institute of the Arts where she is Director of Duende CalArts, an initiative at CalArts Center for New Performance that produces innovative Latinx and Latin American artists. Her work as an actor has been seen on Broadway and on major stages throughout the world and her solo show, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, has toured the U.S., Europe, and Mexico and was published by Routledge Press. For more information, visit www.marissachibas.com.