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Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique

Author : Mark Monday
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Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique explores the collaborative process between a play's director and the entire production team, making the journey of a production process cohesive using the Michael Chekhov Technique. No other technique provides the tools for both actor and director to communicate as clearly as does Michael Chekhov. Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique is the first book to apply the insights of this celebrated technique to the realities of directing a theatrical production. The book chronicles the journey of a play, from conception through production, through the eyes of the director. Drawn from the author's rehearsal journals, logs and notes from each performance, the reader is shown how to arrive at a concept, create a concept statement and manage the realization of the play, utilizing specific techniques from Michael Chekhov to solve problems of acting and design. As with all books in the Theatre Arts Workbook series, Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique will include online video exercises, “Teaching Tip” boxes which streamline the book for teachers, and a useful Further Reading section. Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique is the perfect guide to the production process for any director.

To the Actor

Author : Michael Chekov
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In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal

Transforming Actor Training

Author : Bren Wion
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This thesis documents the work of Bren Wion, Director of Theatre for Copley High School in Ohio, in transforming actor training at her school. It begins with details of how the state certified theatre teachers in the past and the dissatisfaction with this type of method. The advantage of college training is discussed as well as the benefit of studying the works of great acting masters. Part of this research examines a Russian theatre timeline and explores the influence of Russian artists on transforming actor training and directing. A special focus on Michael Chekhov examines this actor/acting coach's role in establishing a new way of training actors on stage and in film. It also describes how Chekhov's work can be transformational for actors, directors, and individuals who study his unique method. The main purpose of this work is to document the changes a director grows through when yearning to be skilled in the theatre craft and examining Chekhov's technique as a logical stepping stone to create a production with a "spark." Reviews of past plays performed and the differences Chekhov-based directing provided are given. Talented teens, a dedicate theatre staff, and new exercises/concepts brought a production to life at a higher level than most Copley community members had ever seen before. This production of Steel Magnolias promotes the benefits of Chekhov's ideas today and suggests the great potential of his work and others for tomorrow. This paper is organized in a chronological sequence. The first chapter discusses the state certification process and the desire and need for change in theatre teaching/directing preparation. Chapter II examines the Russian timeline and influence in theatre. Chapter III then examines Michael Chekhov's vocabulary and exercises giving definitions and suggested activities. The next chapter discusses two plays that were screened by the International Thespian Society and the subsequent state invitation for Steel Magnolias. The final chapter provides a summary of the research and explores how Chekhov's technique will be advantageous beyond stage performances in our country's near future. It is concluded that Chekhov's work is beneficial and life-changing on stage and in life.

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner

Author : Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson
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Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. This compilation reveals the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches, while highlighting meaningful bridges and offering in-depth essays from a variety of sources, including master teachers with years of experience and new and rising stars in the field. The authors provide philosophical arguments on actor training, innovative approaches to methodology, and explorations into integration, as well as practical methods of application for the classroom or rehearsal room, or scaffolded into a curriculum. Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is an excellent resource for professors teaching Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced Acting Technique as well as acting program directors and department chairs seeking new, impactful research on actor training.

Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty First Century

Author : Cass Fleming
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The culmination of an innovative practice research project, Michael Chekhov in the Twenty-First Century: New Pathways draws on historical writings and archival materials to investigate how Chekhov's technique can be used across the disciplines of contemporary performance and applied practice. In contrast to the narrow, actor training-only analysis that dominated 20th-century explorations of the technique, authors Cass Fleming and Tom Cornford, along with contributors Caoimhe McAvinchey, Roanna Mitchell, Daron Oram and Sinéad Rushe, focus on devising, directing and collective creation, dramaturgy and collaborative playwriting, scenography, voice, movement and dance, as well as socially-engaged and therapeutic practices, all of which are at the forefront of international theatre-making. The book collectively offers a thorough and fascinating investigation into new uses of Michael Chekhov's technique, providing practical strategies and principles alongside theoretical discussion.

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Author : Marie Christine Autant Mathieu
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The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov brings together Chekhov specialists from around the world - theatre practitioners, theorists, historians and archivists – to provide an astonishingly comprehensive assessment of his life, work and legacy. This volume aims to connect East and West; theatre theory and practice. It reconsiders the history of Chekhov’s acting method, directing and pedagogy, using the archival documents found across the globe: in Russia, England, America, Germany, Lithuania and Switzerland. It presents Chekhov’s legacy and ideas in the framework of interdisciplinary theatre practices and theories, as well as at the crossroads of cultures, in the context of his forays into such areas as Western mime and Asian cosmology. This remarkable Companion, thoughtfully edited by two leading Chekhov scholars, will prove invaluable to students and scholars of theatre, theatre practitioners and theoreticians, and specialists in Slavic and transcultural studies. Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu is Director of Research at the National Center For Scientific Research, and Assistant-Director of Sorbonne-CNRS Institute EUR’ORBEM. She is an historian of theatre and specialist in Russian and Soviet theatre. Yana Meerzon is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her book publications include Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations, co-edited with Professor J. Douglas Clayton, University of Ottawa (Routlegde, 2012).

Training of the American Actor

Author : Arthur Bartow
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The handbook of the American actor's art and craft.

Acting Exercises for Non Traditional Staging

Author : Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson
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Acting Exercises for Non-Traditional Staging: Michael Chekhov Reimagined offers a new set of exercises for coaching actors when working on productions that are non-traditionally staged in arenas, thrusts, or alleys. All of the exercises are adapted from Michael Chekhov's acting technique, but are reimagined in new and creative ways that offer innovative twists for the practitioner familiar with Chekhov, and easy accessibility for the practitioner new to Chekhov. Exploring the methodology through a modern day lens, these exercises are energizing additions to the classroom and essential tools for more a vibrant rehearsal and performance.

Acting Stanislavski

Author : John Gillett
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Stanislavski was the first to outline a systematic approach for using our experience, imagination and observation to create truthful acting. 150 years after his birth, his approach is more widely embraced and taught throughout the world – but is still often rejected, misunderstood and misapplied. In Acting Stanislavski, John Gillett offers a clear, accessible and comprehensive account of the Stanislavski approach, from the actor's training to final performance, exploring: • ease and focus • the nature of action, interaction and objectives • the imaginary reality, senses and feeling • active analysis of text • physical and vocal expression of character • the actor in the context of training and the industry. Drawing on Stanislavski's major books, in both English translations, and on records of his directing process and final studio classes, Acting Stanislavski demystifies terms and concepts. It is for actors from an actor's point of view, and offers many practical exercises and examples as an integrated part of each subject. Acting Stanislavski also creates an up-to-date overview of the Stanislavski approach, connecting his legacy with the work of his successors, from Michael Chekhov to Meisner, Adler and Strasberg. A new, extended and fully updated edition of Acting on Impulse: Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach (Methuen Drama, 2007), Acting Stanislavski now includes new exercises and biographies, a further chapter on The Character, and an expanded glossary along with many other additions to the previous chapters. It is an essential practical and educational resource for any acting student, professional or teacher.

Mikhail Chekhov as Actor Director and Teacher

Author : Lendley C. Black
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Chekhov's youth and religion - Chekhov as a young actor - Chekhov as director and teacher - Chekhov's system of acting - Basic requirements - Keys to expression - Keys to transformation.

Theatre Arts

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Inviation to the Threatre

Author : George R. Kernodle
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Invitation to the Theatre

Author : George Riley Kernodle
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Acting in Restoration Comedy

Author : Simon Callow
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Simon Callow leads a two-day class on Restoration comedy with a group of British actors, including Gail McFarlane, Harry Meacher, Pamela Moiseiwitsch and Michael Stroud. It deals with The relapse by John Vanbrugh and shows practical acting techniques.

Theater Directing

Author : Kazimierz Braun
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Polish-born director, writer, playwright, and scholar Braun (State U. of New York-Buffalo) sets down the approach to creative theatre directing that he teaches in his classes. It is based on the two premises that directing is an act of creating--of making something out of nothing--and that is also a craft that requires skills, techniques, methods, and tools to express the artistic energies and spiritual abundance of human life. After an introduction, he discusses shaping a theater style, creative text analysis, creating the human layer of the performance, performance space and time, action, mind and imagination, the director's practical preparations, implementing the project before rehearsals, creative rehearsals, and final rehearsals leading to the opening. The text is double spaced. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Theatre Arts Monthly

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The Other Chekhov

Author : Charles Marowitz
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Directing for the Theatre

Author : Wieder David Sievers
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Total Directing

Author : Tom Kingdon
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This guide to directing films includes information on project development, screenplay analysis, choosing and working with a production team, auditioning and casting, script preparation, using the language of acting, and much more.

The Working Actor s Guide to Los Angeles 2003

Author : Kristi Callan
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