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Acting: The Basics

By Bella Merlin

© 2010 – Routledge

256 pages

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pub: 2010-03-26
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A practical and theoretical guide to the world of the professional actor, skilfully combining ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. It covers key areas such as:

  • the development of modern drama and acting processes over the years
  • the approach and legacy of acting pioneers and practitioners from around the world
  • acting techniques and practicalities, including training, auditioning, rehearsing and performing – both for stage and camera

Complete with a glossary of terms and useful website suggestions, this is the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about the practice of acting and the people who have advanced its evolution.

Table of Contents

Preface. Abbreviations. Introduction. Chapter 1: A Brief History of Acting. Chapter 2: ‘I Can Do That’: Actor-Training. Chapter 3: ‘You Got the Part!: Auditions. Chapter 4: ‘Building a Character’: Rehearsal Processes. Chapter 5: ‘Another Opening, Another Show!’: Performance Practices. Chapter 6: ‘Passing the Baton’: Eleven Executors of Acting. Glossary of Terms. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Bella Merlin is Professor of Acting at the University of California, Davis, as well as an actor and trainer. She and has written a number of books on Stanislavsky.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General