Acting on the Script
Acting on the Script
by Bruce Miller
Mastery of craft depends on repetition: the more opportunities student actors have to be guided through analyzing scripts, the more likely they are to develop a reliable process for making choices when the time comes to work independently.
That’s why Acting on the Script by Bruce Miller (September 2014, Applause Books, $24.99) contains eight short plays, which can be used independently or as parts of one full-length play, giving aspiring actors the practice they need to tell the story of the play and of their characters clearly, believably, and compellingly. With each new scene, readers are given the opportunity to think through the analysis and synthesis process independently, before being guided clearly through the process.
The first section reintroduces the basic elements of acting craft. The book then lays out how these elements relate to a script in general and then more specifically – by using a short play to illustrate the basic principles. The second section focuses on specific analysis and synthesis problems using original scenes especially composed to help students develop their analysis and choice-making skills and to address individual acting issues. The plays, which have been tested in classes and two productions (one professional and one college), are filled with the kinds of acting problems that beginning actors often have trouble with and need to learn to solve. In addition, specific problems that actors might have with certain types of material are addressed.
Miller writes in his preface, “It is my belief that when actors learn to use their scripts with appropriate analytical insights, they are better able to find and execute choices that will make the story they are telling clear and compelling, and make the work they are doing more believable as well.” Acting on the Script provides an approach to the script that will serve any actor.
September 9, 2014
6“ x 9“
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bruce Miller is a professor of theatre at the University of Miami, where he has taught acting for nearly 20 years. He is the author of The Actor as Storyteller, The Scene Study Book, Acting Solo, and Actor’s Alchemy, all published by Limelight Editions. He has written close to 100 articles on acting that have appeared regularly in Dramatics Magazine and Teaching Theatre. He lives in Miami.