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Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...60 minutes This is the point where you are going to start making some real decisions about what feels good; what feels right, instinctively. Try not to let your vocal or physical work get dull –...

Putting text and action together

Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...5 minutes: Vocal warm-up Use some of the vocal warm ups you devised last session. Use some of the vocal warm ups you devised last session. 50 minutes: Put the action together...
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...First performed by the King’s Men – Shakespeare’s own company – ‘privately at the Blackfriars and publicly at the Globe’, The Duchess of Malfi is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, horrific set-pieces and vivid...

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Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...In order to get the absolute best out of this process, I ask you to follow this process as closely as you can. What we are aiming to do here is to engage with the text in ways that will not only help us to unleash our creative responses...

Imagining action

Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The final skill we need to practice is the ability to imagine a detailed, active world all round us when performing. This is a purely creative exercise, which is always inspired by the text but not tied to it. In other words, we start...
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...Virtue and vice, transcendent love and realpolitik combine in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the conflicting claims of sex and power, all expressed in a tragic poetry of breathtaking beauty and magnificence...
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...Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new...

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Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This exercise takes focus, so make sure you are taking breaks every 20–30 minutes and just allowing your mind to drift before you go back into the focused mode of work. At this point we’ve identified the main action/s of the speech, so...
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...The final instalment in the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy sees Harriet Walter take on the role of Prospero in this evocation of the eternal struggle for freedom, morality and justice. Directed for both stage and screen...

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Donna Soto-Morettini

Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She has worked extensively in television and is currently a casting director for ITV’s The Voice. Three of Donna’s books, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure (2012) and Popular Singing and Style (2014) and Mastering the Shakespeare Audition (2016) are published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, while The Philosophical Actor (2010) is published by Intellect. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mastering the Shakespeare Audition : A Quick Guide to Performance Success

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...If you know the play that your monologue is taken from, you may not need more than an hour. But make sure that you brush up your memory of the scene that the monologue occurs in – especially what happens in the few pages before you speak...