Acting - Theatre
"Carol Rosenfeld has a singular gift for discerning and nurturing in her students the live connections that release emotionally charged experience into active and meaningful play. Her book is a bottomless resource for the actor who aspires to that seamless merging of self and character that can make the theatre thrilling. It is hard and vulnerable work that she demands, but she is there with you as a guide, saying 'search here, observe there, sense this, question, question, question, and allow'—If you trust her, you will surprise yourself."
—Edith Meeks, Executive and Artistic Director, HB Studio
An Actor's Task provides a framework for studying the dual arts of acting: inhabiting a character both physically and psychologically. Actors at all levels can use this book to explore, develop, and review the sensory tools and training that enable them to be the best versions of themselves and, ultimately, to bring that understanding of "self" to their art.
"Through a series of engaging exercises, this book filters out the complexities of various acting techniques and offers up an appealing hands-on approach."
—Tonya Pinkins, Tony Award–winning actress
This book is a collection of fifty-five "open scenes" for actors in nine categories such as male/male scenes, three person scenes, and non-gender specific monologues. The scenes contain little to no stage directions or indications regarding specific emotions. The actor learns to say, "I don't know" to many details of the scene, and in doing so, must trust both the text and him or herself, his or her partner, and the moment.
This is a brief, but handy book outlining the task of viewing theatrical performances and evaluating them. Although aimed primarily at the festival level respondent, it is a book that can enhance the ability to evaluate and respond to the theatre experience, creating at the broadest level a sensitive and enriched audience.
This excellent book contains 64 monologues designed specifically for auditions where the actor desires exciting monologues that are fresh and unfamiliar. The monologues are catalogued by gender and age. These monologues were selected from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference monologue workshop. The Last Frontier Conference is one of the longest running theater conferences of its kind. It has been held every year in Valdez, Alaska for the last 20 years.
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.