1st Edition

The Expressive Actor
Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Training

ISBN 9780415669313
Published November 16, 2012 by Routledge
280 Pages 70 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

"The study of acting should not begin with an exploration of feeling, perception, imagination, memories, intention, personalization, self-identification... or even performance—but physical action."

Michael Lugering's The Expressive Actor presents a foundational, preparatory training method, using movement to unlock the entire acting process. Its action-based perspective integrates voice, movement and basic acting training into a unified approach.

A wealth of exercises and diagrams guide the reader through this internationally taught program, making it an ideal step-by-step course for both solo and classroom use. Through this course, voice and body training becomes more than a simple skill-building activity – it is the central prerequisite to any actor training.

This new Routledge edition has been fully updated, to include:

    • A revised prologue, further discussing the historical and philosophical grounding of The Lugering Method
    • A new introduction, with particular focus on the integrative nature of the method and how the book should be used.
    • New developments, clarifications, and 12 new exercises.
    • 6 new illustrative diagrams.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Prologue  1. Introduction to the Method  2. Overview of the Method 3. Introduction to the Actor  Part 2: Principles of Expressive Action  4. Expressive Action  5. Expressive Action in Context  6. Architecture of an Expressive Action  Part 3: Principles of Integration  7. Integration  Part 4: Stacking  8. Introduction to Stacking  9. Moving  10. Breathing  11. Sounding  12. Speaking  13. Extending the Barre  Part 5: Technique  14. Preliminaries  15. Voice and Body Exercises  16. Language and Character Exercise  Epilogue  Appendix I: Expressive Continuum  Appendix II: Actions  Bibliography

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The Expressive Actor by Michael Lugering presents a comprehensive training method – bringing together voice, movement and basic acting skills. It’s very specific and very detailed with lots of impressive exercises and diagrams.’ – Susan Elkin, The Stage