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The philosophical actor
Donna Soto-Morettini

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The philosophical actor
a practical meditation for practicing theatre artists
by Donna Soto-Morettini

Published 2010 by Intellect in Bristol, UK, Chicago, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

There have been many books published on acting, actor training, and practical theories for preparing for a role, but none of these books have ever looked philosophically at the language and the concepts that we use when we talk about acting. The Philosophical Actor is the first attempt to grapple with the fundamental questions of truth, art, and human nature unexamined in past treatments, from the first great essay by Diderot to the exhaustive system described by Stanislavski. With wide appeal to actors, directors, acting students, acting teachers and trainers, Donna Soto-Morettini draws from twenty-five years of experience as an acting teacher and director to introduce innovative ways of thinking about acting.

Table of Contents

Cover13;
Preliminary Pages
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Playing philosophy
The discontents of the acting studio
Chapter 1: Am I ACTING?
True for who(m)?
Beyond boring relativism
What is acting?
The 'working' actor
Art and craft
That abstract thing beyond technique
The beautiful actor
Summary
Chapter 2: What Was I Thinking?
'Conscious' performance
The actor and the 'swing thought'
Who am I anyway?
Monkeys, mirrors, peanuts8230;
Getting the trope/thought right
Summary
Chapter 3: How Am I Feeling?
The neutral walk
Emotion and imagination
Like the town of Brigadoon ...
Duse was a woman
8216;Mindblindness
From 'embodied thinking' to 'display'
From primary to social
Summary
Chapter 4: What Were YOU Thinking?
Getting out of our heads ...
The psychological toy box
So many psychologies
Where do we start?
Psychology and survival
Rational actors
Summary
Chapter 5: Where Am I?
Actors are not green
So you want to be a selective quasi-amnesiac?
The Orient(al) Express(iveness)
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-223) and index.

Description based on print version record.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
792.02/8
Library of Congress
PN2061 .S68 2010eb

The Physical Object

Format
[electronic resource] :
Pagination
1 online resource (228 p.) :
Number of pages
228

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25563966M
Internet Archive
philosophicalact00soto
ISBN 10
1841503908, 1841503266, 1282622579
ISBN 13
9781841503905, 9781841503264, 9781282622579
OCLC/WorldCat
650872591

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