Stage Fright in the Actor explores the phenomena of stage fright—a universal experience that ranges in intensity from a relatively easy-to-conceal sense of anxiety to an overwhelming feeling of terror—from the actor’s perspective, unearthing its social, cultural, and personal roots.
Drawing on her experience as both an actor trainer and a licensed psychotherapist, Linda Brennan recounts the testimonies of professional actors to paint a clear picture of the artistic, behavioral, cognitive, physiological, and psychological characteristics of stage fright. This book encourages the reader to reflect on their own experiences while guided by the stories of fellow actors. Their personal accounts, combined with clinical research and practical exercises, will help readers to identify, manage, and even conquer this "demon in the wings."
Stage Fright in the Actor is an essential tool for actors and acting students. Its insight into the many manifestations of stage fright also renders it as valuable reading for acting/performing arts teachers and directors, as well as anyone who fears stepping "onstage."
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Disclaimer; Definition of Terms; Preface; How to Use This Book; Front Quotes; 1 The Presence of Stage Fright; 2 No Dogs or Actors Allowed; 3 The Actor’s Anxiety; 4 Causes of Stage Fright; 5 Stage Fright Off Stage; 6 The Stage Fright Experience; 7 Your Stage Fright Experience; 8 Putting it All Together; Back Quotes; Bibliography; Index
Linda Brennan, PhD, is on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Voice and Speech Department Chair, Director) in Los Angeles. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in anxiety disorders.