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The Science Of Acting





ISBN 9780415488129
Published September 24, 2009 by Routledge
296 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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What is good acting? How does one create believable characters? How can an actor understand a character if they do not understand themselves?

In The Science of Acting, Sam Kogan uses his theories on the relationship between neuroscience, psychology and acting to answer these questions. Practical exercises provide a step-by-step guide to developing an actor's ability, culminating in Ten Steps to Creating a Character.

He presents the reader with a groundbreaking understanding of the subconscious and how it can be applied to their acting. The author’s highly original perspective on Stanislavski's teaching gives readers a unique insight into their character’s minds.

Sam Kogan studied at the Moscow Institute of Theatre Arts (now the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) under the tutelage of Professor Maria Knebel. He established The Science of Acting, a complete stand-alone technique.

Helen Kogan is the chair and former principal of The Academy of Science of Acting and Directing, has helped to shape her father's words and work for the publication of this book.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction Part 1: Acting Technique 1. Purposes 2. Awareness 3. Events 4. Complexes 5. Actions 6. Attention 7. Imagination 8. Tempo-Rhythm 9. Free Body Part 2: The Consciousness & Its Role In The Life Of An Actor 10. Formation of the Consciousness & Its Qualities 11. Mindprint 12. Laws of Thinking 13. Unfinished Thinking & the Tools to Finish It Off

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Sam Kogan studied at the Moscow Institute of Theatre Arts (now the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) under the tutelage of Professor Maria Knebel. He established The Science of Acting, a complete stand-alone technique.

Helen Kogan is the chair and former principal of The Academy of Science of Acting and Directing, has helped to shape her father's words and work for the publication of this book.

Reviews

'In this fascinating actor's manual, edited by his daughter, the Russian demystifies how thoughts originate, develop and manifest themselves, working on the theory that if an actor thinks like a character, they will inevitably react, feel and behave like them' - WhatsOnStage.com

'An immensely detailed and illuminating take on the actor's craft and the knowledge which underpins it' - The Stage

'His clear style, using warmly candid personal experiences and humour, makes this an invaluable and compelling study' - WhatsOnStage.com

'Kogan presents readers with a groundbreaking understanding of the sub-conscious and how it can be applied to acting. His original perspective on Stanislavski's texhing gives readers a unique insight into thier characters' minds.' - The Drama Student Magazine.