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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 concentrating on how actors, and indeed people in everyday life, use their bodies to communi cate things to others. You will be introduced to five new Tools which allow you to change the way you express yourself...

Second Cut

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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...What of all those bits of bodies that didn’t make the first cut? As I explained at the outset, there were specific reasons for choosing hands, feet, mouths, ears and hearts to open up my Anatomy of Performance Training...

Declaring Your Vocal Rights

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. 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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...The right to breathe, the right to be physically unashamed, to fully vocalize, to need, choose and make contact with a word, to release a word into space – the right to speak. And in taking your rights you can then feel secure and generous...

Deep Habits and Release

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. 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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...The terrors of deep habits The range of habits I am about to discuss is common enough in everyday voice work to be mentioned openly and candidly here. These habits include those forced on some through serious abuse...

Introduction

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. 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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...Voice work is for everybody We all breathe and the vast majority of us speak. Most of us would like to improve the sound of our voice and the way we speak. Many do not think this is possible! Doing voice and speech work can be, I...

An Owner’s Manual of the Voice

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. 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 have been discussing vocal habits and differences between various sorts of vocal personalities in the hopes of releasing you from the bonds that constrict the right to speak. So now let’s see if we can actually break some of those habits,...

In the Movement Studio

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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...Conflict exists all the time in the body, between the mind, the emotions and external forces. The work in the studio must reflect this and actively prepare the actor for that complexity. Conflict can be an actor’s best friend. It should...

Speech and Phonetics

Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg is Professor of Text and Poetry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and was formerly at the Royal National Theatre where she created the voice department. Patsy has worked with many prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her artistic home in New York is at the Michael Howard Studios. Patsy has worked regularly with some of the best-known actors and biggest names in theatre, film and television including: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Paapa Essiedu, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. 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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...When you have worked and placed your voice then speech work is possible. Breath comes first, voice and all its components follow and speech is the third element and end result of the technical aspects of communicating. The process of speech...

Actor Movement

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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...The actor comes to acting with a personal physical history which includes skills gained through life. It is likely that some of these will be as a result of different sports or dance activities. Recognizing what is of value to him...

Connecting with the Body

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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...This chapter looks at the fundamentals of movement. The actor learns through ‘doing’. He develops an inner relationship with movement, either through group oriented work or by listening, in silence, to his body breathing and moving...