This carefully revised 21st Century Edition (re)considers, in the context of today’s field:
questions such as ‘should actors act from the inside or the outside?’ and ‘should the actor live the role or present the role?’
contemporary research into communication theory, cybernetics, and cognitive science
brilliantly illuminating and witty exercises for solo study and classroom use, and a through-line of useful references to classic plays
penetrating observations about the actor’s art by more than 75 distinguished professional actors and directors.
Cohen’s elegant and rigorous updates emphasise the continuing relevance of his uniquely integrated and life-affirming approach to this field. The new edition draws on his extraordinarily rich career as teacher, scholar, director, translator and dramaturg. It is a recipe for thrilling theater in any genre.
‘This book, above all else, is an attempt to explore the qualities of acting power…. to suggest to you, the actor, an approach toward not merely good acting but powerful acting. Great actors display the power to frighten – and the power to seduce – and can shift between the one and the other like a violinist can her notes.’
– From the Preface
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Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Training
"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...
Published October 7th 2012 by Routledge
A Practical Guide For Actors
‘Every scene or action or speech has a so therefore. It is the goal, the ultimate statement of the character. You should know the so therefore as you begin your scene ... The climax and the payoff is the so therefore.’ – from Al Ruscio’s Preface
When working through a scene with a student,...
Published June 24th 2012 by Routledge
Women and "the Method"
'Every day, thousands of women enter acting classes where most of them will receive some variation on the Stanislavsky-based training that has now been taught in the U.S. for nearly ninety years. Yet relatively little feminist consideration has been given to the experience of the student actress:...
Published January 30th 2012 by Routledge
A Russian Masterclass
‘Droznin is remarkable and valuable for his ability to combine serious and historically contextualised reflection on the body, psychology and human behaviour with an incorporated and systematic exploration of these ideas in practice.' Paul Allain
Andrei Droznin’s Physical Actor Training presents a...
Published December 22nd 2011 by Routledge