The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods

The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods

Volume 2

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In his second volume on great acting teachers and their methods, Brestoff (drama, U. of California, Irvine) examines the ideas and theories of André Antoine, Jacques Copeau, Michel Saint-Denis, Elia Kazan, Uta Hagen, David Mamet, Anne Bogart, and Keith Johnstone. He describes the methods of French teachers and practitioners of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century (Antoine, Copeau, and Saint-Denis), then the Realist approaches of Hagen, Kazan, and Mamet, as well as alternative approaches of Bogart (who uses Viewpoints work) and Johnstone, the creator of Theatre Sports, discussing and assessing the development of each teacher's ideas, their thoughts on the role of the actor, differences among them, and their reactions to other teachers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In this follow-up to his first volume that has become an essential classroom text, Brestoff examines all new teachers and exposes the origin of today’s ideas and exercises that acting students are practicing. What is the rationale behind the lesson? Why is it useful? Whether they can be called revolutionary or evolutionary, the conflicting theories of these teachers result from outrage and disgust.

Andre Antoine, Jacques Copeau and Michel Saint-Denis represent a virtually unacknowledged yet powerful French influence on acting and actor training in the United States and abroad.

American Realist teachers known as the passionate questioners, such as Elia Kazan, who is disgusted with Broadway’s commercialism, Uta Hagen and David Mamet, and two influential "outside-the-box" teachers, Anne Bogart with her Viewpoints work and Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatre Sports, are also featured.

While differences among the various acting theories and practices are noted and analyzed, so too are exciting and unexpected connections among them revealed.



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"In this new book, Richard Brestoff continues to amaze with his clarity, insights and his deep passion for acting." —Olympia Dukakis FEATURES The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods, Volume 2 features the innovative ideas and theories of: • André Antoine • Jacques Copeau • Michel Saint-Denis • Elia Kazan • Uta Hagen • David Mamet • Anne Bogart • Keith Johnstone BOOK SYNOPSIS In this follow-up to his first volume that has become an essential classroom text, Brestoff examines all new teachers and exposes the origin of today’s ideas and exercises that acting students are practicing. What is the rationale behind the lesson? Why is it useful? Whether they can be called revolutionary or evolutionary, the conflicting theories of these teachers result from outrage and disgust. Andre Antoine, Jacques Copeau and Michel Saint-Denis represent a virtually unacknowledged yet powerful French influence on acting and actor training in the United States and abroad.American Realist teachers known as the passionate questioners, such as Elia Kazan, who is disgusted with Broadway’s commercialism, Uta Hagen and David Mamet, and two influential “outside-the-box” teachers, Anne Bogart with her Viewpoints work and Keith Johnstone, creator of Theatre Sports, are also featured. While differences among the various acting theories and practices are noted and analyzed, so too are exciting and unexpected connections among them revealed.

Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : Smith and Kraus Publishers, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781575257709
157525770X
Characteristics: xvi, 319 p. ; 22 cm

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