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Section 1: Skills for the job

Paul Elsam

Paul Elsam trained as an actor at the former Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, UK, and has worked widely as a performer in theatre, radio, film and television, including in BAFTA and Olivier-nominated productions on stage and screen. He has directed professional actors and students in both the UK and the USA, often working ‘in the round’. He has held teaching posts at the universities of Hull and Teesside, and at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He maintains a strong research interest in post-war theatre historiography, and in the praxis of actor training. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting Characters : 20 essential steps from rehearsal to performance

Methuen Drama, 2011

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...In this Section we will be considering the range and type of skills an actor needs to operate effectively. This Skills Inventory offers you the chance to see how you measure up for the job of acting, and makes suggestions on where to seek...

Theatre and Science: Reflections on Theatrical Efficacy in Antonin Artaud

Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Translation by Victor Jacono. From the plague to mirror neurons: A hypothetical reading A part of the most recent research in theatre studies has developed an interdisciplinary attention on converging...

Exploring Ways of Being: Efforts and Other Codes

Vanessa Ewan

Vanessa Ewan is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Movement at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, having joined the school in 1989. She is a graduate of the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and has worked previously as Head of Movement at E15, as well as having taught at Webber Douglas, Guildhall and RADA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Debbie Green

Debbie Green trained at the Rambert School of Ballet, London, before a career both as a dancer (at the Stadttheater, Kiel, Germany) and a choreographer for theatre, film and television. Other formal study of dance and movement practices have included Odissi and T'ai-Chi Chuan. She completed her postgraduate studies at Laban prior to and whilst working as a movement teacher at The Actors' Institute; Arts Educational; RADA; Drama Studio; Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin; and LAMDA, joining Central School of Speech and Drama's Acting course as a teacher in 1989. There she was responsible for co-designing the unique movement curriculum and co-creating the first ever MA in movement for actors. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being : A Movement Handbook for Actors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Part One: Laban’s Efforts of Action DriveThis is a process for the actor to acquire a deep physical understanding of Laban’s Eight Efforts of Action Drive. One Effort is examined in detail as a template for how the other seven Efforts might...

Body Presence and Extra-personal Space Perception

Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...We would like to thank all the collaborators of the studies presented and Silvia Cafaro for the English language editing. Introduction Space...

Ear

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The bodies of Olympic athletes are national causes and this is never more evident than in the moments just before one fails on behalf of a cause. The political drama underlying international competition enhances the physical contest...

Working Further With the Voice

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, has been the Director of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar and Almeida Theatre in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comédie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. Under the Michael Howard Studios banner. She travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia, and in November 2012, will bring her expertise to India. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Dialects and accents This is not a book about learning an accent or dialect but here are a few voice and speech hints which can help with these processes: The sound we finally produce from our...

The Growth of Habits

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, has been the Director of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar and Almeida Theatre in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comédie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. Under the Michael Howard Studios banner. She travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia, and in November 2012, will bring her expertise to India. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...I often wonder if our society actually likes to hear children? ‘Children should be seen and not heard’ is an all too popular and widely accepted axiom.We see parents in supermarkets constantly shaking and ‘shushing’ their children...

The Roots of Habits

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, has been the Director of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar and Almeida Theatre in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comédie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. Under the Michael Howard Studios banner. She travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia, and in November 2012, will bring her expertise to India. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Throughout my work I refer a great deal to the ‘natural’ as opposed to the ‘habitual’. The meanings are simple and clear enough.The natural voice and its potential are what we came to the world with at birth – a free and wonderful voice...

Heart

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The average heart beats between 50 and 100 times per minute but in ‘highly trained apneists the heart rate can drop to values well below the average – as low as 30-40 beats per minute – with great advantage to apnea...

The Voice Workout

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, has been the Director of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal National Theatre. She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare. Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar and Almeida Theatre in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comédie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. Under the Michael Howard Studios banner. She travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia, and in November 2012, will bring her expertise to India. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Right to Speak : Working with the Voice

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...What follows now is a series of exercises which work extremely well for both beginner and advanced voice users. If you work at them conscientiously and regularly, you should experience improvements in five to ten days. I stress the word...