Acting Teachers of America: A Vital Tradition by Ronald Rand;Luigi Scorcia

By Ronald Rand;Luigi Scorcia

Acting lecturers of the United States provides designated, revealing interviews with 50 of the main influential modern American performing lecturers, in addition to actors and administrators who train appearing. Michael Howard, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis, John Strasberg, Larry Moss, Anne Bogart, Zelda Fichandler, William Esper, Eric Morris, Terry Schreiber, Anne Jackson, Milton Katselas, Andre De Shields, Michael Kahn, and Marian Seldes are only many of the participants who supply an extraordinary glimpse into the area of actor education within the usa. via those illuminating interviews— together with infrequent interviews with recognized former scholars, together with Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, James Gandolfini, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, Billy Crudup, Patti LuPone, JoBeth Williams, John Tuturro, Doris Roberts, Steve Buschemi, Kristin Davis, and William harm – plus unforgettable photos—readers achieve perception into how the craft is taught and the way those exceptional lecturers proceed to have a profound influence on our tradition. With a foreword via J. Michael Miller, president of The Actors middle in manhattan urban, performing academics of the United States is a must-read for someone education for a existence within the theater, in movie, or in tv, and for everybody drawn to the acting arts and our nation’s wealthy cultural existence. • the largest names in performing: Michael Howard, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis, dozens extra • wonderful, revealing pictures of appearing lecturers and their most interesting scholars • essential for each appearing scholar or operating actor

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HB: I think what I do is try to teach in such a way that what’s occurring also happens on a subconscious level. I may try and make a certain point, but the student will still take away what it means most to him. My background as an educator, a professional director with many years of real, practical experience out there in the professional theater, has given me much to share with students. It is that sharing and passing on of techniques that makes teaching so rewarding. 01 Acting Teachers 1/15/07 7:36 AM Page 15 Part I : 15 A M O S C R AW L E Y Mr.

To really send your senses into your own interior and kind of touch those parts of yourself. We all have an internal, emotional life—at times we’re more aware of something that elicits it. Those “wells of emotion” are so important for an actor—where the deeper, emotional life resides. Sensory work has always created a channel into those places for me. When I have a sense of it, I’m able to access it, and then I’m able to sustain it in incredibly emotional and devastating scenes for four to six hours at a time on a set.

He did most of the talking, and I realize now that he was sizing me up, making sure that I would be able to fulfill the prime requisite of the Meisner-trained actor: a willingness and ability to listen. I studied with Harold (and had the pleasure of being directed by him) for two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse. RR: What were you hoping to discover about yourself and the craft? AC: I was attempting to enter the room an empty vessel, and one of the first things I learned was how truly difficult that can be.

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