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Movement for Actors (Second Edition)

“This wonderful, eclectic book offers both theoretical and practical insights to actors, directors, and students, while providing fascinating insights to anyone who seeks a greater understanding of the process of creating theater.—Barbara MacKenzie-Wood, head of acting/music theater, Carnegie Mellon University

In this updated rich resource for actors, renowned movement teachers and directors reveal the physical skills needed for the stage and the screen. Readers will gain remarkable insights into the physical skills and techniques used in a wide variety of performance styles through ready-to-use exercises and approaches. Included in this new edition are chapters covering:

  • Stage combat
  • Yoga for actors
  • Martial arts
  • Body-mind centering
  • Authentic movement
  • Bartenieff fundamentals
  • Grotowski-based movement

Those who want to pursue serious training will be able to consult the appendix for listings of the best teachers and schools in the country. This inspiring collection is a must-read for all actors, directors, and teachers of theater looking for stimulation and new approaches.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

  • Publisher: Allworth (January 3, 2017)
  • Length: 376 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781621535416

"The most complete survey to date of the available physical components of modern actor training. Invaluable." —George Morrison, former president, the New Actor Works, former emeritus professor, SUNY Purchase

“This wonderful, eclectic book offers both theoretical and practical insights to actors, directors, and students, while providing fascinating insights to anyone who seeks a greater understanding of the process of creating theater. We often speak of the need to move beyond the seminal work of Stanislavski. For those who wish to do so, Ms. Potter has furnished us with an excellent roadmap.” —Barbara MacKenzie-Wood, head of acting/music theater, Carnegie Mellon University

“A marvelous, instructive, and coherent sourcebook. It brings back memories of my own experiences, working with Mme. Fedro and her stick and learning the lessons of the Alexander Technique, during those exhilarating days of rigorous physical training for a lifelong career.” —Lisa Eichborn, internationally renowned actress and two-time Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee

“A timely collection of essays, which synthesizes a broad range of movement techniques that have deeply influenced performance training. The authors’ passions are palpable, their information clearly articulated, and their expertise firmly grounded as their insights add to the growing interdisciplinary study of the body.” —Robert H. Vorlicky, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

"The most complete survey to date of the available physical components of modern actor training. Invaluable." —George Morrison, former president, the New Actor Works, former emeritus professor, SUNY Purchase

“This wonderful, eclectic book offers both theoretical and practical insights to actors, directors, and students, while providing fascinating insights to anyone who seeks a greater understanding of the process of creating theater. We often speak of the need to move beyond the seminal work of Stanislavski. For those who wish to do so, Ms. Potter has furnished us with an excellent roadmap.” —Barbara MacKenzie-Wood, head of acting/music theater, Carnegie Mellon University

“A marvelous, instructive, and coherent sourcebook. It brings back memories of my own experiences, working with Mme. Fedro and her stick and learning the lessons of the Alexander Technique, during those exhilarating days of rigorous physical training for a lifelong career.” —Lisa Eichborn, internationally renowned actress and two-time Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee

“A timely collection of essays, which synthesizes a broad range of movement techniques that have deeply influenced performance training. The authors’ passions are palpable, their information clearly articulated, and their expertise firmly grounded as their insights add to the growing interdisciplinary study of the body.” —Robert H. Vorlicky, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University