Actor Training the Laban Way (Second Edition): An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement (Paperback)

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Actor Training the Laban Way (Second Edition): An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement By Barbara Adrian, Chelsea Clarke (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Barbara Adrian, Chelsea Clarke (Illustrator)
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The Groundbreaking Actor Training Guide, Enhanced with New Videos and Expert Advice from Acting Professionals

Actors, teachers, and students of performing arts: sharpen your skills and release your potential with Actor Training the Laban Way, a groundbreaking approach to physical and vocal movement. Explore each exercise (at beginner, intermediary, and advanced levels) and gradually build your body’s ability to concentrate and learn through movement. Utilizing theories of preeminent movement theorist Rudolf Laban, acting teacher and performer Barbara Adrian integrates voice, speech, and movement training with illustrated individual and group exercises that include:
  • Breath Support
  • Building Dynamic Alignment
  • Expanding Vocal Tone and Range
  • Articulation and Rhythmic Exploration
  • Enhancing Strength and Stamina
  • Improving Balance and Flexibility
  • Developing a Relationship to the Environs
  • Revealing Your Emotional State through Physical and Vocal Action

This second edition also includes an all-new chapter of advice from acting professionals on how they deploy these exercises and techniques in their acting preparation, practice, and performance. New appendices offer readers links to video supplements as well as exercises in IPA.

Inspirational and challenging, Actor Training the Laban Way will make any performer more impulsive, imaginative, and expressive.

About the Author

Barbara Adrian, MFA, CMA, is a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College teaching voice, speech, and movement for the actor. She coaches professional actors for television, film, and stage. She is also an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…

Praise for Actor Training the Laban Way
“This book represents the author’s long experience and reflections on how to support actors to trust their inner impulses and become fully present on stage. We in the interna­tional Laban community welcome this wonderful contribution to the theory-into-practice canon.”
—Regina Miranda, CMA, Director of Arts & Culture, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

“This wonderful new book comprehensively aligns voice and speech with Laban’s physical clarity. It celebrates the organic journey of the actor with a practical, coherent scheme of work and encourages the creative spirit to push boundaries in finding new ways to express itself.”
—Lise Olson, Director of Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Acting, Birmingham School of Acting, United Kingdom

“An innovative approach to voice, speech, and movement that guides the actor from ha­bitual patterns to expanded expressive choices. Great exercises for teachers, too!”
—Pamela Prather, Acting Faculty, Yale School of Drama

“This book provides an excellent text to accompany the teaching of Laban technique and philosophy. It contains clear definitions and explanations and many liberating exercises that will increase the actor’s range and casting potential.”
—Bonnie Raphael, Ph. D., Profes­sional Actor Training Program, University of North Carolina
Product Details
ISBN: 9781621538431
ISBN-10: 1621538435
Publisher: Allworth
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 292
Language: English