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On Acting

On Acting

A Handbook for Today's Unique American Actor

Steven Breese

2013 - 268 pp. - Imprint: Focus

Format ISBN Price Qty
Paper 978-1-58510-455-0
$24.95
Examination 978-1-58510-455-0
$4.00

Quick Overview

On Acting is written to support a new generation of actors/acting teachers by coupling fresh ideas and new approaches with the best proven methods and practices. It is primarily for the contemporary American actor and strives to address the acting process with an eye toward the performance culture and requirements that exist today. It is a book for the new twenty-first century artist--the serious practical artist who seeks to pursue a career that is both fulfilling and viable.

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On Acting is written to support a new generation of actors/acting teachers by coupling fresh ideas and new approaches with the best proven methods and practices. It is primarily for the contemporary American actor and strives to address the acting process with an eye toward the performance culture and requirements that exist today. It is a book for the new twenty-first century artist--the serious practical artist who seeks to pursue a career that is both fulfilling and viable.

 

Reviews:

"It's about time this rational, actor-centric, and systematic approach to acting theory was made widely available to the many young (and old) artists who haven't had the benefit of learning from Steven Breese directly."
      —Danny Devlin, Professional Actor/Former Student

"It is a book that is similar enough to satisfy those who like a very traditional approach to training, yet different enough to add excitement to the training process with professional examples and great exercises."
      —James R. Hartman, Schoolcraft College

". . . [the exercises are] easy to follow and to visualize."
      —Bette Pettigrew, Johnson County Community College

 

About the Author:

Steven Breese has enjoyed a national and international acting/directing/playwriting career that has spanned more than 30 years. He holds his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and spent most of his professional theatrical life in Chicago. A member of Actors Equity Association, Breese has acted and/or directed at many of the nation’s finest theaters including, the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Cleveland Playhouse, Chanhassen Theaters, American Heartland Theatre,  Forum Theatre (Chicago), The Royal George Theatre (Chicago), Watertower Theatre (Dallas), Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park, The Operettenhaus (Hamburg, Germany), Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, as well as many other regional theaters and touring companies.


As a playwright, Steven has completed over 40 plays including, The Trial of Hamlet (classical courtroom drama),Brotherly Love (contemporary love story) , Doubletake (thriller), Wit’s End (mystery) and Actus Fideí (historical fiction). His newest play, Posing Nude is due to be completed spring in of 2013.

Steven began teaching his undergraduate acting and voice studios in 1992 in Dallas/Ft. Worth at TCU. His students have been accepted at some of the finest graduate schools and consistently work for theaters and film production companies across the country.

Currently serving as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Christopher Newport University, Steven Breese has served as chairman of the Department of Theater & Dance, Director of TheaterCNU, director of two acting programs and Artistic Director of Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre and Berea Summer Theater.