Higher Education

Acting Is Believing, 11th Edition

  • Charles McGaw Late of the Goodman School of Drama, a School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Kenneth L. Stilson Southeast Missouri State University
  • Larry D. Clark University of Missouri, Columbia
  • ISBN-10: 0495898074  |  ISBN-13: 9780495898078
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2007, 2004
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE ACTOR.
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.
Endnotes.
Bibliography.
Index.

What's New

  • 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.

Supplements

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kenneth L. Stilson

Kenneth L. Stilson is a Professor of Acting, Directing, and Musical Theatre and former Founding Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University. As a director, writer, or actor, he has worked in such theatres as the Lincoln Center (New York City), American Academy of Dramatic Art/Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles), Southern Repertory Theatre (New Orleans), Le Petite Theatre (New Orleans), Alabama Lyric Theatre, Stage West Theatre (Ft. Worth), Shakespeare in the Park (Ft. Worth), First Run Theatre (St. Louis), and Missouri's Summer Repertory Theatre. He has also been involved in the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and the Mississippi Shakespeare Festival. Over the past 28 years at various institutions, Stilson has directed and trained hundreds of actors, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in film, television, and stage, winning several Tony and Obie Awards. He has written numerous award-winning plays and screenplays, as well as published a biography and a range of national and international articles on acting and theatre. Stilson holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he studied under the tutelage of Larry D. Clark.

Larry D. Clark

Larry Clark is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at University of Missouri. He joined the faculty in 1966 as an Assistant Professor of Speech and Dramatic Art. In 1988, after a distinguished career as a teacher of acting and directing, during which he directed dozens of plays, both with his students and for the University of Missouri professional Summer Repertory Theatre, Clark was selected as Dean of College of Arts and Science. During his career as a Professor of Theatre, Clark was active on the national scene and was elected President of all three professional organizations devoted to the educational aspects of theatre. He was an exceptionally well-known figure in the American College Theatre Festival, serving as festival critic for hundreds of plays during its first 20 years. The plays he mounted covered a broad range of dramatic literature from the classics to Sam Shepard. His production of Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was particularly praised. It starred one of Clark's young students, Tom Moore, who went on to establish a distinguished motion picture career as the popular actor, Tom Berenger. Berenger leads a long list of Professor Clark's former acting students who are now earning their living in motion pictures, the theatre, or both.