Script Analysis for Actors Directors and Designers

Script Analysis for Actors  Directors  and Designers
Author: James Thomas
Release: 2009-02-17
Editor: CRC Press
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781136081903
Language: en
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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers applies directly to the experience of theatrical production. You will immediately be able to inforporate the concepts and processes you learn into both your practical and creative work. Whether you are an actor, a director, or a designer, you will benefit from clear and comprehensive examples, end-of-chapter questions, and summaries meant to stimulate their creative process as they engage in production work. Based on the premise that plays should be objects of study in and of themselves, Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches an established system of classifications that examines the written part of a play. This fourth edition will include in-depth analysis of unconventional plays, which are more frequent on amateur and professional stages. These plays present unique analytical challenges that the author teaches you the unusual ways in which the subject matter operates in unconventional plays.

Script Analysis for Actors Directors and Designers

Script Analysis for Actors  Directors  and Designers
Author: James Michael Thomas
Release: 2019-11-12
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 300
ISBN: 0815352301
Language: en
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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, Sixth Edition teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to evaluate its potentials for performance and production. This new edition offers a more streamlined experience for the reader and features new and revised content, such as a fully updated chapter on postmodern drama, new sections on Associative Thinking and Ambiguous Terms in the Introduction, and revised appendices featuring The Score of a Role and expanded treatments of Functional Analysis for Designers and Further Questions for Script Analysis. Explorations of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter summaries, and stimulating questions that will allow actors, directors, and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work. An excellent resource for students of Acting, Script Analysis, Directing, and Playwriting courses, this book provides the tools to effectively bring a script to life on stage.

Script Analysis for Theatre

Script Analysis for Theatre
Author: Robert Knopf
Release: 2017-02-09
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781408185186
Language: en
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Script Analysis for Theatre: Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production provides theatre students and emerging theatre artists with the tools, skills and a shared language to analyze play scripts, communicate about them, and collaborate with others on stage productions. Based largely on concepts derived from Stanislavski's system of acting and method acting, the book focuses on action - what characters do to each other in specific circumstances, times, and places - as the engine of every play. From this foundation, readers will learn to distinguish the big picture of a script, dissect and 'score' smaller units and moment-to-moment action, and create individualized blueprints from which to collaborate on shaping the action in production from their perspectives as actors, directors, and designers. Script Analysis for Theatre offers a practical approach to script analysis for theatre production and is grounded in case studies of a range of the most studied plays, including Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, among others. Readers will develop the real-life skills professional theatre artists use to design, rehearse, and produce plays.

Backwards and Forwards

Backwards and Forwards
Author: David Ball,Professor Emeritus David Ball, PH D
Release: 1983
Editor: SIU Press
Pages: 96
ISBN: 0809311100
Language: en
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Explains how plays are structured, looks at theatrical exposition, theme, and images, and shows how to analyze a play and understand its production

How to Read a Play

How to Read a Play
Author: Damon Kiely
Release: 2016-03-17
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781317283621
Language: en
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The work done on a play before the first rehearsal, the first group reading or even the before the cast have met, can be crucial to the success of a production. Directors and dramaturgs must know how to analyze, understand and interpret a play or performance text if they hope to bring it to life on the stage. This book provides a broad range of tools and methods that can be used when reading a text, including: Lessons from the past. What can we learn from Aristotle, Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Vakhtangov, Brecht and Harold Clurman? This section establishes the models and methods that underpin much of a director’s work today. A survey of current practices in Western theatre. A combination of research, interviews and observation of practical work addresses the main stages in understanding a play, such as getting to know characters, sharing ideas, mapping the action and grappling with language. A workbook, setting out twenty one ways of breaking down a play, from the general to the particular. Contributions, reflections and interjections from a host of successful directors make this the ideal starting point for anyone who wants to direct a play, or even devise one of their own. This wide range of different approaches, options and techniques allows each reader to create their own brand of play analysis.

A Student Guide to Play Analysis

A Student Guide to Play Analysis
Author: David Rush
Release: 2005
Editor: SIU Press
Pages: 299
ISBN: 0809326094
Language: en
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With the skills of a playwright, the vision of a producer, and the wisdom of an experienced teacher, David Rush offers a fresh and innovative guide to interpreting drama in A Student Guide to Play Analysis, the first undergraduate teaching tool to address postmodern drama in addition to classic and modern. Covering a wide gamut of texts and genres, this far-reaching and user-friendly volume is easily paired with most anthologies of plays and is accessible even to those without a literary background. Contending that there are no right or wrong answers in play analysis, Rush emphasizes the importance of students developing insights of their own. The process is twofold: understand the critical terms that are used to define various parts and then apply these to a particular play. Rush clarifies the concepts of plot, character, and language, advancing Aristotle's concept of the Four Causes as a method for approaching a play through various critical windows. He describes the essential difference between a story and a play, outlines four ways of looking at plays, and then takes up the typical structural devices of a well-made play, four primary genres and their hybrids, and numerous styles, from expressionism to postmodernism. For each subject, he defines critical norms and analyzes plays common to the canon. A Student Guide to Play Analysis draws on thoughtful examinations of such dramas as The Cherry Orchard, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Fences, The Little Foxes, A Doll House, The Glass Menagerie, and The Emperor Jones. Each chapter ends with a list of questions that will guide students in further study.

Interpreting the Play Script

Interpreting the Play Script
Author: Anne Fliotsos
Release: 2011-08-17
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781350315860
Language: en
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One type of analysis cannot fit every play, nor does one method of interpretation suit every theatre artist or collaborative team. This is the first text to combine traditional and non-traditional models, giving students a range of tools with which to approach different kinds of performance.

Working Together in Theatre

Working Together in Theatre
Author: Robert Cohen
Release: 2010-12-09
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781137294517
Language: en
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Robert Cohen draws on fifty years of acting, directing and teaching experience in order to illustrate how the world's great theatre artists combine collaboration with leadership at all levels, from a production's conception to its final performance. This book challenges the notion that creating brilliant theatrical productions requires tyrannical directors or temperamental designers. Viewing the theatrical production process from the perspectives of the producer, director, playwright, actor, designer, stage manager, dramaturg and crew person, Cohen provides the techniques, exercises and language that promote successful collaborative skills in the theatre. Collaboration is vital to successful theatre making and Working Together in Theatre is the first book to show how leadership and collaboration can be combined to make every theatrical production far greater than the sum of its many parts.

Auditions

Auditions
Author: Richard Evans
Release: 2014-04-24
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 332
ISBN: 9781317744948
Language: en
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Auditions are an integral part of every performer's life. From getting into drama school through to a successful career in an overcrowded industry, Auditions: The Complete Guide offers crucial advice, resources and tried and tested techniques to maximise success before, during and after each audition. Written by an established casting director and former actor, with over 35 years of experience on a wide range of productions, this book offers a wealth of personal and professional insights, covering: • drama and theatre schools • showcases • amateur and professional auditions • contemporary, classical, physical and musical theatre • television and commercial castings, movie screen tests and self taping • voice-overs and radio drama • networking • recalls and workshops • handling job offers, and rejection From training to triumph, nerves to networking and camera to casting couch, Auditions: The Complete Guide is an entertaining, accessible and indispensable read for every performer. Richard Evans CDG has cast a wide variety of productions in all media since 1989 and, prior to this, worked as an actor for 10 years. He has devised and presented audition and career development workshops at many top drama and theatre schools worldwide, and at the Actors Centre, London and has written Auditions: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2009) and 'A Casting Director’s Perspective' for The Actors’ Yearbook, 2005. He is a member of The Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. www.auditionsthecompleteguide.com

The Director s Toolkit

The Director s Toolkit
Author: Robin Schraft
Release: 2018-01-19
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Pages: 362
ISBN: 9781351380515
Language: en
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The Director’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to the role of the theatrical director. Following the chronology of the directing process, the book discusses each stage in precise detail, considering the selection and analysis of the script, the audition process, casting, character development, rehearsals, how to self-evaluate a production and everything in between. Drawing on the author’s own experience in multiple production roles, the book highlights the relationship between the director, stage manager and designer, exploring how the director should be involved in all elements of the production process. Featuring a unique exploration of directing in special circumstances, the book includes chapters on directing nonrealistic plays, musicals, alternative theatre configurations, and directing in an educational environment. The book includes detailed illustrations, step-by-step checklists, and opportunities for further exploration, offering a well-rounded foundation for aspiring directors.

Theatre as Sign System

Theatre as Sign System
Author: Elaine Aston,George Savona
Release: 2013-12-16
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 218
ISBN: 9781136112287
Language: en
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This invaluable student handbook is the first detailed guide to explain in detail the relationship between the drama text and the theory and practice of drama in performance. Beginning at the beginning, with accessible explanations of the meanings and methods of semiotics, Theatre as Sign System addresses key drama texts and offers new and detailed information about the theories of performance.

The Actor And The Text

The Actor And The Text
Author: Cicely Berry
Release: 2012-02-29
Editor: Random House
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780753547342
Language: en
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Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is world-famous for her voice teaching. The Actor and the Text is her classic book, distilled from years of working with actors of the highest calibre.

Systems of Rehearsal

Systems of Rehearsal
Author: Shomit Mitter
Release: 2006-07-13
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781134917105
Language: en
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The gap between theory and practice in rehearsal is wide. many actors and directors apply theories without fully understanding them, and most accounts of rehearsal techniques fail to put the methods in context. Systems of Rehearsal is the first systematic appraisal of the three principal paradigms in which virtually all theatre work is conducted today - those developed by Stanislavsky, Brecht and Grotowski. The author compares each system ot the work of the contemporary director who, says Mitter, is the Great Imitator of each of them: Peter Brook. The result is the most comprehensive introduction to modern theatre available.

Thinking Through Script Analysis

Thinking Through Script Analysis
Author: Suzanne Burgoyne,Patricia Downey
Release: 2011-10-01
Editor: Focus Pub R Pullins & Company
Pages: 216
ISBN: 1585103616
Language: en
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Burgoyne and Downey's text applies modern concepts of student learning to script analysis, an essential skill for theater majors. Critical and creative thinking skills are emphasized while focusing throughout on understanding the scripts being studied. Capstone Assignments for peer review allow students to explore and to practice the concepts presented in each chapter.

Stanislavski and the Actor

Stanislavski and the Actor
Author: Jean Benedetti
Release: 2013-12-04
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 150
ISBN: 9781136758034
Language: en
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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Stanislavsky in Focus

Stanislavsky in Focus
Author: Sharon Marie Carnicke
Release: 2008-09-02
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781135974497
Language: en
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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Stagecraft Fundamentals

Stagecraft Fundamentals
Author: Rita Kogler Carver
Release: 2012-07-01
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Pages: 490
ISBN: 9780240820514
Language: en
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Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition tackles every aspect of theatre production with Emmy Award-winning author Rita Kogler Carver's signature witty and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed, illustrated by beautiful color examples that display step-by-step procedures and the finished product. This second edition offers even more in-demand information on stage management, drawing and drafting (both by hand and CAD), lighting fixtures, and special effects. Also new to this edition are current articles from Lighting and Sound America, brand new diagrams that illustrate hard-to-grasp concepts, and a plethora of information on European conversions, standards, and practices, making the skills you learn applicable to stage jobs on either side of the ocean! The accompanying website, www.stagecraftfundamentals.com is bursting with additional material such as an instructor's manual, exercises and study questions that coincide with chapters from the book, CAD drawings, color theory, manufacturing information, and so much more to help you along the way as you learn all about the world of theatre production! Praise for the Book: Beautifully written! The author has succeeded in relaying technical theatre information without being too technical and putting the reader to sleep. I read three sentences and instantly knew this book was for me and the way I teach. When I think back on the insufferable intro to tech theatre books I had to read, I feel cheated I didn't have this one as a student. I will be using this text in my class! -- Rob Napoli, Designer and Technical Director at Penn State University, Berks Campus This text has temped me to return to teaching with a textbook for the first time in seven years. The language is both accessible and informal yet the text goes a long way in debunking some of the typical jargon that may alienate students just getting into the field, or trying it out for the first time. The illustrations (the text is full of them) coupled with the stories reinforce the fundamental information being conveyed. -- John Paul Devlin, Associate Professor of Theatre at Saint Michael's College What a great idea! Thank heavens someone is doing this for students at that impressionable age. That has been one of my mantras - education of teachers and students on the use of scenic materials. The teachers don't have enough time in college to learn and do everything they have to teach. Most get thrown into the theatre area by default and struggle with designing/building/painting the scenery. -- Jenny Knott, Rosco Stagecraft Fundamentals is beautifully illustrated throughout, and the pofusion of color on every page gives this textbook the appearance of a coffee table book. The writing is clear and personal, which should be very appealing to students. Rita Carver covers all aspects of theatre production from scenery, to lighting, to an actor's makeup. Her close ties to the New York theatre scene gives this book a special insight into the professional world, one that goes well beyond what is found in most college textbooks. -- John Holloway, Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Kentucky and President of the International Association of Theatrical stage Employees (IATSE) Local 346. I can't thank you enough for Stagecraft Fundamentals. I have been teaching stagecraft since 1976 and you have saved me from the nightmare of writing a text to suit my class needs….After two semesters with your text, I have found that I had more time to develop the skills necessary within the classroom than before. The humor that you have infused in the book has enticed my students to read on. That alone makes this text invaluable. --Meta Lasch, Assistant Professor, West Liberty University Written by an Emmy Award-winning designer Beautifully illustrate

Directing Actors

Directing Actors
Author: Lee Michael Cohn
Release: 2021-06-29
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781000402377
Language: en
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Directing Actors: A Practical Aesthetics Approach is the first book to apply the Practical Aesthetics acting technique to the craft of directing. Lee Cohn lays out a step-by-step, no-nonsense methodology for the director that includes a deep dive into the mechanics of storytelling, the rehearsal process, working with writers, and the practical realities of the director’s job. Featuring end-of-chapter exercises, this book provides a clear and effective means of breaking down a script in order to tell a story with clarity, simplicity, and dramatic force and gives directors a clear working vocabulary that will allow effective communication with actors. The techniques in this book are applicable to any theatrical style and any media platform in which a director might work. Written in an accessible, conversational style, this book strips the process of directing down to its most essential components to explain how to become an "actor’s director." A must-read for students in directing courses and professional directors working with actors who prescribe to the Practical Aesthetics technique, as well as anyone interested in the process of working with actors, Directing Actors will help directors to get the very best their actors are capable of while approaching the work with a joyful, open spirit.

Meyerhold Speaks Meyerhold Rehearses

Meyerhold Speaks  Meyerhold Rehearses
Author: Aleksandr Konstantinovich Gladkov,Vsevolod Ėmilʹevich Meĭerkholʹd
Release: 1997
Editor: Harwood Academic Pub
Pages: 263
ISBN: STANFORD:36105022857036
Language: en
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Meyerhold's productions were an encyclopedia of theatrical history, incorporating everything from circus tricks to highly stylized elements of the Kabuki theatre. In the twenties and thirties Meyerhold's theatre became a mecca for those seeking new theatrical ideas. There was hardly a figure of importance in the theatre at that time who did not come to Moscow to see his work. And many, including Brecht, stayed on to study. Unlike Stanislavsky, Meyerhold was not a theoretician. He left behind no large body of theoretical writings summing up his many years of experience in the theatre. What do remain and must take the place of both Meyerhold's theoretical writings and his memoirs are the reminiscences and confessions made in conversations with pupils and friends. Of course, some of the most valuable are those recorded by Aleksandr Gladkov during his years of close association with Meyerhold. A talented essayist and "keen" observer, Gladkov has succeeded in capturing the essence of Meyerhold's personality and temperament as revealed in the director's own informal comments about his rich and varied experiences in the theatre. His notes made at rehearsals present the living Meyerhold in action: complex, demanding, sometimes grossly unfair in his treatment of others, but never dull or indifferent. Included in the book is a biographical introduction by Alma Law, the translator and editor, followed by Gladkov's own account of his association with Meyerhold. Dr. Law has also added commentary to Meyerhold's observations based on many hours on interviews with Gladkov in Moscow during the 1970s.

Experimental Theatre

Experimental Theatre
Author: James Roose-Evans
Release: 2013-10-08
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9781136092527
Language: en
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`It is a pleasure to read. Well-written, free of cant, impressively wide-ranging. The book is really an introduction to the avant-garde.' - John Lahr