Book on Acting Contents

Introduction xi

  • Part One
    Getting Started
    1. The Workshop 3
  • Part Two
    How to Improvise–Basic Technique of Improvisation
    2. Essential Starters 19
    3. Physical Doing 49
    4. Inner Doing 107
    5. Vocal Doing 169
  • Part Three
    Improvisation Applications to Rehearsals for Theater, Film, and TV
    6. First-Level Improvisations for Scripted Scenes 217
  • Part Four
    Improvising Professional Acting Skills
    7. Character 239
    8. First-Level Improvisation Applications to Camera and Stage Auditions 313
    9. Emotions 329
    10. Conflict 403
    11. Agreement 475
  • Part Five
    Acting the Script with Improvisation Technique 
    12.   Purpose of Scene      503
    13.   Monologues and Purpose of Scene      541
    14.   Gaining More Finesse with Purpose of Scene      565
    Conclusion       605
    Appendix A      Sample Umbrella Arcs      609
    Appendix B      Sample Emotion & Attitude Choices      612
    Appendix C      Sample Character Arcs      614
    Appendix D      Sample Attitude Lines      615
    Appendix E      Suggested Workshop Formats       617
    Appendix F      Traditional Children’s Games      621
    Notes      623
    Index of Acting Focuses, Exercises & Processes      627
    Acknowledgments      629

Acting Teacher Stephen Book