Acting: The Basics
By Bella Merlin
Routledge – 2010 – 256 pages
Series: The Basics
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:
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.
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.
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.