Actor in You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting

Actor in You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting
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  • ISBN-13: 9780205479801
  • ISBN: 0205479804
  • Edition: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley


Benedetti, Robert


The Actor in Youserves as an introduction to beginning acting by helping students realize that they already possess the basic skills of an actor. This text enhances the student's appreciation of the art of acting by helping them realize that they already possess, in principle, the following skills: the ability to play a role, the ability to fulfill the sense of drama and to structure dramatic scenes, and the capacity to express emotion. Without losing its simplicity, directness, and enjoyable writing style, this revised and enlarged edition has benefited from helpful suggestions by teachers who have used it successfully in the classroom. Drawing exercises and examples from students' everyday lives and from well-known films and television programs, Benedetti succeeds in deducing dramatic principles from those experiences and then applying them to everyday life for artistic purpose. Still organized in sixteen steps meant to correspond to the weeks of a typical semester or school year,The Actor in Youprovides a direct, concise presentation and explanation of fundamentals for beginning students. Features Includes bothindividual and group exercisesthroughout to help students realize and experience the basic skills of acting. Provides balanced coverage ofacting for both stage and cameraby drawing on principles from film and television and extending them to the stage. Advocates an appreciation of a variety ofstyles, techniques, and approaches. Includespractical and helpful exercisesat the conclusion of each chapter. Fits any liberal arts education program with itsclarity, accessibility, and synthesisof current acting theories. Uses well-organized, clear, and concise writingto make it very user-friendly. About the Author A multiple Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer and distinguished teacher of acting, Robert Benedetti received his PhD from Northwestern University. He was an early member of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and then taught acting for over thirty years at schools such as Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, and the University of California. He has directed at many regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and at various Shakespeare festivals. As President of Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions, he won Emmys for producingMiss Evers' BoysandA Lesson Before Dyingfor HBO. Benedetti has written six books on acting and film production, includingTHE ACTOR AT WORKandACTION! Acting for Film and Television.He was Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Head of Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He is now on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Most recently Professor Benedetti was honored with the Lifetime Career Achievement Award for 2005 from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Praise forThe Actor in You Mr. Benedetti's text is concise and inspiring. Students will see it as an invaluable guide second only to their instructor. - Kimberly M. Chin,Bakersfield College The writing style is clear and to the point. Many acting texts…inundate the reader with anecdotes. My students like the fact that Benedetti gets to the point quickly and has practical exercises at the end of each chapter. - Bob Wagner,Barton CollegeBenedetti, Robert is the author of 'Actor in You Sixteen Simple Steps to Understanding the Art of Acting', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205479801 and ISBN 0205479804.

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