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By Ronald Rand;Luigi Scorcia

ISBN-10: 1581154739

ISBN-13: 9781581154733

Acting academics of the US provides distinctive, revealing interviews with 50 of the main influential modern American appearing lecturers, in addition to actors and administrators who educate performing. 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 the various individuals who supply an extraordinary glimpse into the area of actor education within the usa. via those illuminating interviews— together with infrequent interviews with famous 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 damage – plus unforgettable photos—readers achieve perception into how the craft is taught and the way those distinctive lecturers proceed to have a profound impression on our tradition. With a foreword by way of J. Michael Miller, president of The Actors heart in long island urban, appearing academics of the US is a must-read for a person 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 lifestyles. • the largest names in appearing: Michael Howard, Lloyd Richards, Olympia Dukakis, dozens extra • lovely, revealing photos of appearing lecturers and their most interesting scholars • a must have for each appearing scholar or operating actor

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RR: How would you describe what you learned as an actor? KVD: I never felt that Bud imposed any certain method on his students. We covered a lot of territory: from Meisner work to mime. You could also see flexibility in his teaching style. There would be times when he’d critique one performance ruthlessly, and in the next moment he would gently nurse an actor through an emotional moment. What we got from that was that we are unique, and the more we regarded ourselves as individuals, the more we would come to understand our own artistry.

Theatre. RR: Who has been most influential in how you teach? BB: My first teacher was my father. He was an Olympic gymnastics coach, so my childhood was spent watching him teach and coach. He formed a theatrical unit around the gymnastics team and called it Acrotheatre. The second major influence was Robert Edmund Jones and his vision of the theater. 01 Acting Teachers 1/15/07 7:36 AM Page 17 Part I : 17 Another great influence was Alvina Krause and her concept of the actor and of the artist’s responsibility.

I had no interest then in acting, but when I walked into a church to see a performance of Acropolis by Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory Theatre, I had a kind of an epiphany. I had never heard of them before. Maybe I had seen two plays in my life. After I watched the performance of Acropolis, when I walked out I was a different person. Richard was responsible, from what I had seen him do onstage, in a huge way. I had never seen anything remotely like it; it was profound. It had to do with creating the greatest freedom possible to create in.

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