The Existential Actor - Life and Death, Onstage and Off
I am thrilled to announce that my book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off (Smith and Kraus Publishers), is now available on Amazon.com.
The Existential Actor is a book about the theater, acting, and life. It is partly a historical survey of approaches to the art and craft of acting, part memoir, and part philosophical exploration of the connection between what truly motivates us as characters in the stories of our own lives, and the ones we present onstage.
The video below is a condensation of the central ideas of the book and is entitled, The Acting Lesson – A Broad Theory for the Theatre. It has a running time of one hour.
The Acting Lesson: A Broad Theory for the Theatre
Rough Cut: A video adaptation of my book, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off
I'd love for you to watch a video I've created, and hopefully, offer some feedback. It's based on the book I've been writing, The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off, but condensed quite a bit - in the spirit of reaching out to the attention-span challenged! Even then, the running time is 60 minutes, so I realize I'm asking a lot of your time.
The book and the video draw on ideas developed by Ernest Becker (The Denial of Death) who wrote that awareness of mortality is a powerful motivator of human behavior. His work inspired me to think in a new way about how we - theater and film artists - create and interpret character. In the video I cover a variety of approaches to the art and craft of the actor, including those developed by Aristotle, Diderot, Stanislavski, Grotowski, Strasberg, Meisner, Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart and others. My synthesis focuses on the elements, ACTION, TRANSACTION, SHAPE, and SURRENDER.
I've been using these ideas as touchstones in my own work as a director, actor, and teacher. I hope you enjoy the video and welcome your comments.