Any student of acting must begin by reawakening his or her ability to play like a child. The Natural Actor focuses on stimulating this ability using simple, natural, easily understood techniques. First, students train their instruments: body, voice, mind, and spirit. The trained instrument is then used to practice the craft of acting through games, improvisation, and open scenes. Journal prompts encourage critical thinking about the learning process. Physical training is integrated into activities that develop the imagination and strengthen the ability to work with others. Aristotle observed that acting is an innate part of human nature. The Natural Actor gives students the emotional guidance and practical tools needed to rediscover that innate ability.

The book is ideal for college-level performing arts classes. Written from a position of emotional sensitivity and abundance, The Natural Actor will help any student who wishes to release the actor within and explore the creative self.

Written for introductory theatre and theatre appreciation courses, Celebrating Live Theatre: An Introduction gives readers an understanding of what live theatre is and how it is created. Students learn about the roots and traditions of live theatre and the ways in which many styles and genres of theatre around the world can be seen in live performance today.

Part One of the text presents theatre as a fragile, yet vital living entity and provides a brief explanation of its roots in ritual around the world. Part Two addresses the essentials required for a live performance – an audience, a story, and an actor. Part Three examines theatrical design and includes images and commentary from professional scenic, costume, and lighting designers. Part Four looks at those who play a role behind the scenes including the director, stage manager, technical director, technical support, and critic. Finally, Part Five introduces genres and styles of theatre from around the world including Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. 

Celebrating Live Theatre: An Introduction highlights historical and creative influences on theatre and the work that goes into a production. It helps readers appreciate theatre as either members of the audience or practitioners of the art form. 

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