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Stage Fright in the Actor

1st Edition

By Linda Brennan


232 pages

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Stage Fright in the Actor explores the phenomena of stage fright – a universal experience which 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 licensed psychotherapist, Linda Brennan recounts the testimonies of professional actors to paint a clear picture of the artistic, behavioural, cognitive, physiological and psychological characteristics of stage fright. This book encourages the reader to reflect on their own experiences whilst 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: Actor’s Interviews; 7 Your Stage Fright Experience; 8 Putting it All Together; Back Quotes; Bibliography

About the Author

Linda Brennan, PhD is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Voice and Speech Dept. Chair, Director) in Los Angeles. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in anxiety disorders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General