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Emphasizing that "an actor must believe to make his audience believe," ACTING IS BELIEVING remains one of the classic texts in the field. Charles McGaw's and Larry D. Clark's earlier editions influenced generations of actors, and this Eleventh Edition has been completely updated by Kenneth Stilson inspiring today's future professionals. The textbook now includes an expanded theoretical grounding and numerous new and revised exercises to help today's acting student apply the key concepts of a Stanislavski-based training program as interpreted through the eyes of twenty-first century artists.
- Exercises from previous editions have been modified to help keep the text current and significant.
- Because today's students are such visual learners, as customary with recent editions of this text, 75 percent of the photographs and captions have been updated.
- Three online appendices: "Theatre Web Links," "Suggested Scene Study for Undergraduate Actors," and a completely revised and expanded version of "Learning the Lingo" has been reinstated.
- The text exhibits a strong balance of theory and application that draws upon the Stanislavski System.
- The authors' clear and engaging writing style makes the material accessible to both beginning and advanced student actors.
- Expanded "Terms and People to Know" and the "mini-glossary" found at the end of each chapter enable students to identify key acting theorists faster and better than ever.
- The important new chapter "Preparing Undirected Scene Study" helps synthesize technique training in most acting classes. Student feedback on this section is uniformly positive: they found it to be incredibly helpful, straightforward, greatly needed, and yet unique from other acting books.
- New exercises and updated script examples help keep the book current and relevant. Also, seventy-five percent of the photographs and captions are new to this edition.
- Part II "The Actor and the Play" omits the chapter "Expressing the Super Objective" and merged some of its more important concepts and information into the chapter immediately preceding it, "Creating a Character."
- The scene study list has been completely revised. Instead of being included as an appendix, it now is incorporated into the same chapter as an assignment. The list, however, may be used for any scene study assignment or class.
- "Getting the Job" now appears as the last chapter.
- ACTING IS BELIEVING walks students through an easy-to-learn three-part structure: The Actor; The Actor and The Play; and The Actor and The Production.
1. Training Your Talent.
2. Approaching the Creative State.
3. Discovering Physical Actions.
4. Defining Simple Objectives.
5. Developing Your Powers of Observation.
6. Exploring Circles of Attention.
7. Investigating the Subconscious.
PART II: THE ACTOR AND THE PLAY.
8. Creating a Character.
9. Interpreting the Lines.
10. Communicating the Subtext.
PART III: THE ACTOR AND THE PRODUCTION.
11. Transforming into Character.
12. Preparing Undirected Scene Study.
13. Getting the Job.