1st Edition

Turn That Thing Off!
Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training

ISBN 9781138677135
Published March 26, 2018 by Routledge
194 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

As personal technology becomes ever-present in the classroom and rehearsal studio, its use and ubiquity is affecting the collaborative behaviors that should underpin actor training. How is the collaborative impulse being distracted and what kind of solutions can re-establish its connections?

The daily work of a theater practitioner thrives on an ability to connect, empathize, and participate with other artists. This is true at every level, from performing arts students to established professionals. As smartphones, social media, and other forms of digital connectedness become more and more embedded in daily life, they can inhibit these collaborative, creative skills. Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training explores ways to foster these essential abilities, paving the way for emerging performers to be more present, available, and generous in their work.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Collaborative Gene 

Chapter 2: The growing isolation of the Collaborative Gene

Chapter 3: Impact of technology on collaborative behaviors

Chapter 4: Why are acting students choosing to isolate instead of collaborate?

Chapter 5: Rekindling the Collaborative Gene

Chapter 6: We are the people to solve this problem


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Rose Burnett Bonczek is Director of the BFA Acting Program and Professor of Theater at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA.

Roger Manix is an adjunct lecturer in the BFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA, and at Parsons School of Design at The New School, New York, USA. He is the owner of Brooklyn Training Ground, an acting studio in New York.

David Storck is Professor of Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA.