- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 041550788X
- ISBN-13: 978-0415507882
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a very interesting book for actors, directors and - as I think - also for psychologists and philosophers. It can be seen as a pioneering work, opening doors to new fields of research: actors can be considered experts of the mind/body- interaction and it might make sense to think about a “psychology of acting” that approaches the body/mind-controversy through the study of actors and acting.' – Gunter Lösel, Theaterforschung
About the Author
Rick Kemp (aka Rick Zoltowski) has worked as an actor and director with companies such as the Almeida, Complicite, Commotion, Quantum, and Squonk Opera. He holds an MA from Oxford University, an MFA and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA.
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The bulk of this book is dedicated to illuminating what works about traditional training methodologies from practitioners such as Stanislavski, Checkhov, and Lecoq based on cognitive science's current understanding of human neurology.
However, I believe this book's contribution to acting theory goes beyond that.
For years acting teachers have been regurgitating the information of their predecessors without regard to its accuracy. If we look at the credentials required to teach acting, how many of those requirements qualify an instructor to teach anything about authentic human behavior? This book may very well be the stepping stone for many instructors (and actors) who want to take the next step towards embracing truly competent and effective actor's training. The principles of this book draw a line in the sand that separates the 'snake oil salesman' practitioners that continue to push the artificial and ineffective ideas based on 100-year-old-psychology, and those that teach concepts grounded in contemporary cognitive theories accepted by the scientists of today.
Embodied Acting is required reading for conscientious dramatic artists.