What books should actors read?
A handbook for aspiring and professional actors, their directors, dramaturges, critics and viewers.
"The actor is driven by the irrepressible desire to ceaselessly transform into other people in order to ultimately discover himself in others."
Max Reinhardt aptly described it, the actor's desire to transform, the dream of being on stage and making the audience believe in his role. A dream job, but what skills do I need to become an actor? How do I apply to an acting school and what do I learn there? In this book, well-known teachers from state drama schools convey the basics of the profession and explain all aspects of training. The volume is supplemented by an extensive appendix with information on admission, the course of training and the contact details of the state drama schools.
When Max Reinhardt founded the German Theater's drama school in 1905, this first professional German drama school was viewed with great suspicion. Two questions were asked of its founder and the teachers: “Is there an art that can be taught whose essence lies in feeling? You have talent or none. What for to learn? ”And the opposite assertion was asked with a similar urgency as a question:“ Doesn't the lesson that smooths, divides, dissects, as if it wanted to count the stamens, the pollen, rob the charm of chaste impartiality? Does the teacher not take more than he is able to give? "(1)
Both fears accompany training at art colleges to the present day. If there is a common answer to this, it is probably: The best school cannot achieve anything without talent, but it can help to discover and develop the talents. The second fear is that bad teachers can confuse and spill a lot in the budding actor. The numerous young people who take the ox tour every year through the nineteen German-speaking drama schools can report on this. And the teachers in the schools, who deal with the large crowd of enthusiastic young people to find out the few to whom they can offer one of their scarce study places, may sometimes despair. Too often, obviously talented players are so impaired by years of experience in amateur theater groups or the preparation of self-appointed acting teachers that a recording seems questionable.
The actor is both an artist and an instrument. Every experience he makes during a rehearsal or during a performance digs into his consciousness and changes his game. He saves every effect he has achieved in front of an audience as a possible variation of his ability to express himself. Reinhardt's impulse to invent a drama school in order to train sufficiently qualified young talent for his newly founded German Theater knows that actors are very irritable. The seduction through the quick success as a comic, pathetic or bizarre figure, the easy play with external quirks and imitated effects hindered him in his development of the theater. He shared with Stanislawski the longing to be able to form an ensemble of actors who are coordinated with one another and with one another.
What counts as a good drama changes over the years not only the clothes, but even more so the playing styles. The establishment of drama schools tries to find an acting answer to the demands of realistic and naturalistic drama. To this day, realistic acting is the partly hidden, partly obvious basis of the training. The second major renewal of drama through the epic theater has meanwhile also become an integral part of the training. Newer trends such as those emanating from performance and post-drama are being integrated on a trial basis and selectively. The volume offers an overview of the various epochs and specialty craftsmanship Lessons 3 acting theory.
In this volume, "Acting Training", the current training is explained in five chapters. For this purpose, teachers from the various state drama schools have tried to present their lessons. This enables an insight into the diversity of the methodological approaches as well as an overview of the teaching content.
For learning a “techne”, as the arts were called in ancient Greek, it is still true that only concentration on a technical possibility and sufficient practice of this technique promises success. If you want to learn to play the piano, the hint that the synthesizer can do a lot on its own and that you don't have to spend so much time on the fluency of your fingers is of little use. It is also of no use if a different instrument is to be learned every day. Due to the current diversity of theater aesthetics, however, the individual acting student finds himself in precisely this situation. It is very difficult, especially as a beginner, to recognize the individual acting techniques that can be learned within this simultaneity of styles and techniques.
The drama schools and their teachers are an essential aid for orientation. All at once cannot be learned. Useful portions make for a successful training. In the determination of these teaching units lies the great dissent between theater studies and drama schools, which are accused of simplifying the great complexity of the theater through their exercises. What is being ignored by theater studies here is the fact that learning an art is different from the scientific analysis of it. The artist has to can, it is not enough just to do it knowledge. (2)
The way in which the learning content is determined and taught in a comprehensible manner determines the quality of the training. This should prepare for the diverse demands that the profession then places on the actor. In the daily practice of rehearsals and performances, he needs his artistic intuition in order to be able to recognize what would make sense of his craft and what would be wrong in the context of the staging. Insisting on the skills learned from school is just as inartistic as unconditional surrender to the will to direct. Only professional experience can find the right level here. However, a prerequisite for this is in any case a good education, which enables the actor to act professionally and to be able to reflect on his art.
In the appendix, all information is collected that is required to be able to apply to the state schools. The number of annual applicants far exceeds the number of study places. Perseverance and good preparation are necessary. The volumes Lessons 3 acting theory and Lessons 4 acting training want to contribute to orientation.
(1) Berthold Held: "The education of the actor", in: Max Reinhardt in Berlin, ed. by Knut Boeser and Renata Votková, Berlin 1984, p. 161.
(2) See also the conversation "Actors are professional people", in: Jens Roselt and Christel Weiler (eds.): Acting today, Bielefeld 2011.
Berlin in October 2010
"Acting? - a breadless, untidy art "
For entrance exams at state drama schoolsby Franziska Kötz
Preliminary exercises and improvisationsby Bernd Stegemann
Improvising between rehearsal and performanceby Annemarie Matzke
Two ways of playing
Where one is playing, the other believes that he is just playing itby Robert Schuster
Theater play flow
Find a serious play attitudeby Dietmar Sachser
The scene studyby Bernd Stegemann
Take it right now!
Thoughts on studying scenes at the Mozarteum University in Salzburgby Christoph Lepschy, Kai Ohrem and Helmut Zhuber
Until everything becomes clear
The scene studies at the University of Music and Theater in Hanoverby Titus Georgi
Enduring yourself, that's the hardest part
Klaus Zehelein and Jochen Schölch (Munich) in conversation with Bernd Stegemann and Nicole Gronemeyerby Nicole Gronemeyer, Jochen Schölch, Klaus Zehelein and Bernd Stegemann
Acting works through what you can't do
Veit Schubert (Berlin) in conversation with Bernd Stegemannby Bernd Stegemann and Veit Schubert
Acting is an acting reaction to the partner
Eckhard Winkhaus (Munich) in conversation with Bernd Stegemannby Bernd Stegemann and Eckhard Winkhaus
The speaker education training for acting students at the Academy for Dramatic Art "Ernst Busch"by Viola Schmidt
Forming forms, destroying forms
Comments on new paths in acting trainingby Martin Gruber
Unruly human - conquerable body?
Acrobatics, juggling and stage fighting in acting trainingby Ulfried Kirschhofer
Expansion of the play areas
The actor wants to be someone else (& not a machine)by Michael Börgerding
Text, presentation, institution
The benefits and disadvantages of theory for acting trainingby Marion Tiedtke
From the inside to the outside
Hidden ideologies in the training of the actorby Philipp Hauß
The amateur excess
Laypeople on the stageby Jens Roselt
"Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts
University of the Arts
College of the Arts
Folkwang University of the Arts
Frankfurt am Main
University of Music and Performing Arts
University of Music and Performing Arts
University of Music and Theater
University of Music and Theater
University of Music and Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy"
Anton Bruckner Private University
Academy for Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg
Bavarian Theater Academy August Everding
Otto Falckenberg School
University of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf"
University of Music and Theater
State University for Music and Performing Arts
Max Reinhardt Seminar
Zurich University of the Arts
"A practical book that guides prospective students, well done."Frankfurter Rundschau
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