Time-tested activities for budding thespiansWhimsical yet sincere, this practical guide inspires students of theatrical arts to delve into their own inner reserves of memories, feelings, and dreams to find strong grounding for the characters they wish to convey. Broken into three sections of practice—centering and meditation, partnering, and working with scripts—a wide range of activities are explored, including sitting with a candle; variations on mirroring; statue games; and working with dialog, inflection, improvisation, and interpretation. Reflecting on such classic approaches to acting as the Stanislavski and Meisner techniques, the concise and accessible manual is ideal for classroom or group settings and appeals to both beginning and advanced actors. Illustrative photographs allow for easy understanding of the games and a short bibliography and reading list is included to encourage continued study.
Reviews"This practical guide for the actor explores new and exciting angles into the query pioneered by Constantin Stanislavki of conscious technique as a means to liberate the power and artistic inspiration of the subconscious."— Hugh O'Gorman, Head of Acting, California Repertory Company, Department of Theatre Arts California State University, Long Beach
"Cynthia Henderson is a talented actress. With this book she has demonstrated that she is a consummate scholar in the craft as well. I intend using it in my classes." --Charles Dumas, Professional Actor and Director, Associate Professor of Theatre, Penn State University School of Theatre
"I have observed first hand and marveled at Cynthia's dedication and commitment to discovering new and innovative ways of developing an actor's full potential." --Victor Talmadge, Professional Actor, Associate Professor of Theater, The College of Santa Fe
Author BiographyCynthia Henderson teaches acting in the department of theatre arts at Ithaca College in New York. She is a Fulbright Scholar, who has acted in professional and University theatres, in television plays and commercials, and off broadway. She lives in Ithaca, New York.