In this Section: 1) Brief Table of Contents 2) Full Table of Contents 1) Full Table of Contents Part 1: Preparing Yourself Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor's Job Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech Chapter 4: Working Together Part 2: Action and Character Chapter 5: Exploring the Text Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives Chapter 7: How Scenes Work Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character Chapter 9: Personalization Part 3: The Performance and After Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals Chapter 12: The Performance and After Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor Appendix B: Suggested Plays and Anthologies Appendix C: Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare Glossary of Theater Terminology 2) Full Table of Contents Part 1: Preparing Yourself Chapter 1: Understanding the Actor's Job Engagement Truthfulness Skill Usefulness Dramatic Function Finding Your Own Sense of Purpose Discipline Chapter 2: Relaxing and Centering Relaxation Finding Your Center Breathing, Sounding, and Moving From Center The Cycle of Energy Your Relationship to Gravity Phrasing Movement Chapter 3: Your Voice and Speech Using Your Own Voice Speech Voice Production Articulation Speech, Character, and Situation Further Training of Body and Voice Chapter 4: Working Together Leading and Following Seeing and Hearing Part 2: Action and Character Example Plays Selecting Your Scene Chapter 5: Exploring the Text Word Choice Rhythm The Music of Speech The Given Circumstances Chapter 6: Actions and Objectives Stanislavski's View of Action Internal and External Action: Justification Action and Emotion Action and Public Solitude Dual Consciousness Indicating Automatic and Spontaneous Actions Defining Useful Objectives Playable Actions Obstacles and Counter-actions Subtext The Through-line and Superobjective Chapter 7: How Scenes Work The Shape of a Scene Crisis Units of Action or Beats Making Connections Chapter 8: The Foundations of Character Character Traits Chapter 9: Personalization Needs and Personalization Emotion Recall and Substitution Entering the Character's Mind Perception, Arousal, and Attitude Deliberation and Strategic Choice The Inner Monologue The Super-Choice Autobiography, Diary, and Self-image Part 3: The Performance and After Chapter 10: Early Rehearsals Auditions Preparation and Homework Early Read-throughs Getting Up and Off Book Exploring the Character's Body Communication in Rehearsal You and Your Director Chapter 11: Staging and Final Rehearsals Types of Stages Directions on Stage The Groundplan and Blocking Establishing the Score Shaping and Pacing the Performance Costumes, Makeup, and Props Technical Rehearsals Dress Rehearsal Chapter 12: The Performance and After Emotion in Performance Spontaneity Beginning the Performance The Fear of Failure Measuring Success Growth After Opening Your Sense of Purpose Transformation Appendix A: The Tradition of the Actor Appendix B: Suggested Plays and Anthologies Plays Play and Scene Anthologies Anthologies for Students of Color Appendix C: Short Practice Selections from Shakespeare Glossary of Theater Terminology
Robert Benedetti, a distinguished teacher of acting and directing, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer, received his PhD from Northwestern University. After serving as Director of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, he became an early member of Chicago's Second City Theatre. He taught for fifty years at schools such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, the Australian Victorian College of the Arts, and the University of California, Riverside. He was Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Head of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and for eight years Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He recently retired as a tenured Full Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Benedetti was Company Director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and has directed at many other regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the South Coast and San Diego Repertory Theatres, and Australia's Melbourne Theatre Company, with multiple productions at the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare festivals. As a screenwriter and producer, Benedetti has won three Emmys and a Peabody Award. He has written six books on acting and film production, including The Actor at Work 10th edition, The Actor in You, 5th edition (now translated into Danish,) ACTION! Acting for Film and Television and From Concept to Screen (now translated into Chinese.) In 2005 he received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and in April, 2012, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center.