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The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis (Paperback)
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The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis (Paperback)

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Paperback 116 Pages / Published: 27/04/2010
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How does an actor bring a script to life? The actor must know how to read a script, break it down, and mine all of its clues in order to make the most effective choices. The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis offers the actor a concrete method for approaching a script. This guide details a simple process to discover and define a character's scene and super-objective, obstacle, beats, and tactics. It includes practical information on how to build a character, how best to use rehearsal time, and what to do when nothing is working.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761851097
Number of pages: 116
Weight: 195 g
Dimensions: 229 x 155 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A concise and engaging approach to the art of acting. Specific, entertaining and accessible to the young artist. -- Kay Kostopoulos, lecturer, Stanford University
I've had the pleasure of working with Maura as an actor, teacher and director and suffice it to say, she is a consummate theater artist. Her new book is an excellent guide to acting for all levels that offer a comprehensive vocabulary along with the necessary tools in order to mine the most out of one's craft. In it, she offers an organic approach to acting that is thorough, humble, and most of all, accessible. She inspires, elates, and educates, all from her first-hand professional experience both as an actor and a dedicated theater educator. -- Ken Sonkin, adjunct professor, University of San Francisco
There are many approaches to the study of acting. Vaughn's approach strikes me as incisive, thorough, thoughtful and eminently useful-especially for the younger actor. Vaughn puts to rest the notion that all the beginning student needs is desire and a bit of talent. Her anatomical chart is full of detail. -- Ted Walch, director of theater, Harvard-Westlake School
Maura Vaughn's The Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor's Guide to Text Analysis is an indispensable handbook for any young actor starting out on their long journey to become a theatre artist. Come to that, it's a most useful tool for any actor already on that journey who should, when lost in rehearsal or performance, quickly refer to her concise, well-written advice. -- Jeremy Geidt, senior actor, American Repertory Theatre, lecturer, Harvard College

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