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"There are no formulas... on how to become a great actor, or how to play this or that part... With strong desire, if you work, if you come to know your own nature, and discipline it, then... you will become a true artist." - Konstantin Stanislavsky
Acting One
Fundamentals : BioMethod
This is a theory directory and maybe the right place for my notes about "postmodern acting" (the notes I made, watching my kids watching MTV):
MTV Acting (please read The Book of Specator pages or/and my nonfiction -- POV, Tech -- in order to understand the logic of our Society of Spectacle). Everything is an "act" -- since we are watched all the time (Foucault on Panopticum). Big = comedy? Biomechanics. Physical acting! Dancing & singing -- the Goat Songs, like the prehistorical Greeks! (The postmodern writers call it -- posthistory). What do they sing about? In one word -- fuck. Yes, about the capulation under they name they learned from the past "love"... You don't even need to know any language, you can see the message and ideology in their video-ballet.
Now, about the use of Eisenstein's montage; straight from "Battleship Potemkin" -- finally! That how much they know about cinemagraphy.
"Method Acting"? [The end of notes]
Since the textbooks on acting now splited into three directions (Fundamentals, Biomechanics and Method), it will be a while before I sort out the texts -- and the topics and issues could find their right places.
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No, this page is not so much about theory of acting, but about the webpages on acting in many corners of my theatre and film web.

* Three acting levels: I. PreActing, II. Biomechanics, III. Method.

* 2004 new: several pages on film acting

* All my other directories (film, drama, directing) are for advanced actors.

First Act Page and Acting Directory (Method)

See Acting classes: I, II, III.

"FunDaMentals" -- about everything, starting with Theatre Games, Improv, Monologues and Scenes at the end. Next - Biomechanics, last - Method. That's it. Attached showcases: Modern Comedy (The Importance of Being Earnest), Classics (12th Night), Drama (3 Sisters).

Level Four: Directing (Stagematrix and Hamlet).


Maybe I should back to "24-Hour-Acting" and see how I can give the overview of the acting levels...

Or should I do it in Book of Spectator (I thought this non-instructional directory could server all the classes, i.e. acting, directing, drama).


Read all the Shakespeare you can; if you can play Shakespeare, you can play anything. -- John Carradine

First wipe your nose and check your flies. -- Alec Guinness

Never get caught acting. -- Lillian Gish

If you cried a little less, the audience would cry more. -- Edith Evans (to John Gielgud)

Have a very good reason for everything you do. -- Laurence Olivier

Play well, or play badly, but play truly. -- Konstantin Stanislavsky

Know your lines and don't bump into the furniture. -- Spencer Tracy

Whatever you do, kid, always serve it with a little dressing. -- George M. Cohan (to Spencer Tracy)

Use your weaknesses; aspire to the strength. -- Laurence Olivier

Pray to God and say the lines. -- Bette Davis

Act in your pauses. -- Ellen Terry (to Cedric Hardwicke)

If you want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, be an audience. -- Tallulah Bankhead

When you go into the professional world, at a stock theater somewhere, backstage you will meet an older actor--someone who has been around awhile. He will tell you tales and anecdotes about life in the theater. He will speak to you about your performance and the performances of others, and he will generalize to you, based on his experience and his intuitions, about the laws of the stage. Ignore this man. -- Sanford Meisner

Don't think you're funny. It'll never work if you think you're funny. -- George Abbott (to an actor in a comic role)

To be a character who feels a deep emotion, one must go into the memory's vault and mix in a sad memory from one's own life. -- Albert Finney

Nobody "becomes" a character. You can't act unless you are who you are. -- Marlon Brando

You have to work years in hit shows to make people sick and tired of you, but you can accomplish this in a few weeks on television. -- Walter Slezak

My advice to actresses is don't worry about your looks. The very thing that makes you unhappy in your appearance may be the one thing to make you a star. -- Estelle Winwood

Don't be afraid to be outrageous; the critics will shoot you down anyway. -- Laurence Olivier (to Anthony Hopkins)

The important thing in acting is to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry, I think of my sex life. If I have to laugh, I think of my sex life. -- Glenda Jackson

Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much. -- John Wayne

Don't act, think. -- David Lean

If you achieve success, you will get applause. Enjoy it--but never quite believe it. -- Robert Montgomery

Don't use your conscious past, use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your character. I don't want you to be stuck with your own life. It's too little! It's too bitty-caca. -- Stella Adler

It is a great help for a man to be in love with himself. For an actor, however, it is absolutely essential. -- Robert Morley

Just let the wardrobe do the acting. -- Jack Nicholson (to Michael Keaton, on the set of Batman)

The first thing you should do when you win an Oscar is thank God. The second thing you should do is forget it. The third thing you should do is call your agent and tell him you need a job. -- Rod Steiger

Never take top billing. You'll last longer that way. -- Bing Crosby

The one word you'll need is "no." -- Bette Davis (to Robin Williams)

Use a make-up table with everything close at hand and don't rush; otherwise you'll look like a patchwork quilt. -- Lucille Ball

The most important thing in acting is honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made. -- George Burns

Actors should be overheard, not listened to, and the audience is fifty percent of the performance.-- Shirley Booth

Lead the audience by the nose to the thought. -- Laurence Olivier

You're at a level where you can only afford one mistake. The higher up you go, the more mistakes you're allowed. Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style. -- Fred Astaire (to Jack Lemmon)

If you're going to make rubbish, be the best rubbish in it. -- Richard Burton

Walk in, plant yourself, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth. -- James Cagney

The best research [for playing drunk] is being a British actor for twenty years. -- Michael Caine

I'm afraid you'll never make it as an actor. But as a star, I think you might well hit the jackpot. -- Orson Welles (to Joseph Cotten)

Stick to your inkpots, kid, actors don't eat regularly. -- Anonymous (Colleague advising cartoonist Milton Caniff to avoid the stage)

What acting means is that you've got to get out of your own skin. -- Katharine Hepburn

You'll never make it as a juggler, m'boy. Your eyes are too sad. But don't listen to me, kid. My entire success is based on one rule: never take advice from anybody! -- W. C. Fields (to Paul Muni)

People disappoint you. Lovers disappoint you. But theatrical memorabilia stays with you, as long as you keep it under clear plastic. -- Sylvia Miles


Twelve Step Plan to Becoming an Actor in Dawn Lerman

The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens: 111 One Minute Monologues (The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens, Volume 4) by Debbie Lamedman

More Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Men by Simon Dunmore, William Shakespeare

Shakespeare for One: Women: The Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces by William Shakespeare, Douglas Newell (Editor)

Shakespeare for One: Men: The Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces by William Shakespeare, Douglas Newell (Editor)

Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II by Eric Lane (Editor), Nina Shengold (Editor)

Fifty African American Audition Monologues by Gus Edwards

How to Completely Blow Your Competition Away at Any Audition!: What by Caterina Christakos

Thank You Very Much: The Little Guide to Auditioning for the Musical Theater by Stuart Ostrow (Paperback - May 2002)

The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Audition by Tracey Moore-Marable (Paperback - April 2002)

Audition Monologues: Power Pieces for Kids and Teens by Deborah Maddox (Paperback)

Audition Speeches for Younger Actors 16+ by Jean Marlow (Paperback)

The Audition Sourcebook: Do's, Don'ts, and an Online Guide to 2,100+ Monologues and Musical Excerpts by Randall Richardson, Don Sandley (Paperback)

Pocket Classics for Women by Ian Michaels (Editor), Roger Karshner (Paperback - November 2001)

An Actor's Dickens: Scenes for Audition and Performance from the Works of Charles Dickens by Beatrice Manley (Editor), Charles Dickens (Paperback - October 2001)

Audition Monologs for Student Actors 2: Selections from Contemporary Plays by Roger Ellis (Editor) (Paperback - October 2001)

Actor's Guide to Auditions and Interviews by Margo Annett (Paperback - September 2001)

Audition Speeches for Men by Jean Marlow, Elizabeth Ewing (Paperback - September 2001)

Scenes I'Ve Seen...: A Casting Director's Original Scenes and Interpretive Notes (Monologue and Scene Series) by Dorian Dunas (Hardcover - September 2001)

Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide by Joanna Merlin, Harold Prince (Preface) (Paperback - May 2001)

Monologues for Women by Susan Pomerance (Paperback - April 2001)

Even More Monologues for Women by Women by Tori Haring-Smith (Editor) (Paperback)

Neil Simon Scenes: Scenes from the Works of America's Foremost Playwright by Neil Simon, Roger Karshner (Editor) (Paperback - October 2000)

The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors by Karen Kohlhaas, David Mamet (Paperback)

The Sanford Meisner Approach: Workbook IV Playing the Part (The Sanford Meisner Approach) by Larry Silverberg (Paperback)

Outstanding Stage Monologs and Scenes from the '90s: Professional Auditions for Student Actors by Steven H. Gale (Editor) (Paperback - July 2000)

The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens: 111 One-Minute Monologues (Young Actors Series) by Janet B. Milstein (Paperback - July 2000)

More Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women by William Shakespeare, Simon Dunmore (Editor) (Paperback - May 2000)

Contemporary Scenes for Actors: Men by Michael Earley (Editor), et al (Paperback - December 1999)

How to Get the Part...Without Falling Apart! by Margie Haber, et al (Paperback - October 1999)

Audition Monologs for Student Actors: Selections from Contemporary Plays by Roger Ellis (Editor) (Paperback - August 1999)

Tight Spots: True-To-Life Monolog Characterizations for Student Actors by Diana M. Howie (Paperback - August 1999)

The Stage Directions Guide to Auditions (Heinemann's Stage Directions Series) by Stephen Peithman (Editor), et al (Paperback - April 1999)

Acting Scenes and Monologs for Young Women: 60 Dramatic Characterizations by Maya Levy (Paperback - March 1999)

Cold Reading and How to Be Good at It by Basil Hoffman (Paperback - February 1999)

Scenes for Women by Women by Tori Haring-Smith (Editor) (Paperback - February 1999)

Arthur Schnitzler : Four Plays (Great Translations for Actors Series) by Arthur Schnitzler, Carl R. Mueller (Translator) (Paperback - 1999)

Pocket Monologues: Working-Class Characters for Women by Susan Pomerance (Paperback - 1999)

The Flip Side: 64 Point-Of-View Monologs for Teens by Heather H Henderson, Ted Zapel (Editor) (Paperback - October 1998)

Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors by Michael Schulman (Editor), Eva Mekler (Editor) (Mass Market Paperback - September 1998)

The Theatre Audition Book: Playing Monologs from Contemporary, Modern, Period, Shakespeare and Classical Plays by Gerald Lee Ratliff (Paperback - September 1998)

Pocket Monologues for Men by Roger Karshner (Editor) (Paperback - July 1998)

Two-Minute Monologs : Original Audition Scenes for Professional Actors by Glenn Alterman, Theodore O. Zapel (Editor) (Paperback - June 1998)

The Perfect Monologue: How to Find and Perform the Monologue That Will Get You the Part by Ginger Friedman (Paperback - May 1998)

A Guide to Scenes & Monologues from Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Kurt Daw, Julia Matthews (Paperback - April 1998)

Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Men by Simon Dunmore (Editor), William Shakespeare (Paperback - March 1998)

Alternative Shakespeare Auditions for Women by Simon Dunmore (Editor), William Shakespeare (Paperback - March 1998)

For Women: Pocket Monologues from Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, et al (Paperback - January 1998)

Another Perfect Piece: Monologues from Canadian Plays by Tony Hamill (Editor) (Paperback - October 1997)

Pocket Monologues for Women by Susan Pomerance (Paperback - July 1997)

Monologues on Black Life by Gus Edwards (Paperback - February 1997)

Next!: An Actor's Guide to Auditioning by Ellie Kanner, et al (Paperback - January 1997)

Baseball Monologues by Lavonne Mueller (Editor), Lee Blessing (Introduction) (Paperback - September 1996)

Classical Audition Speeches for Men by Jean Marlow (Compiler) (Paperback - September 1996)

Classical Audition Speeches for Women by Jean Marlow (Paperback - September 1996)

More Monologues for Women by Women by Tori Haring-Smith (Editor) (Paperback - August 1996)

For Women: More Monologues They Haven't Heard by Susan Pomerance (Paperback - July 1996)

Kids Stuff by Ruth Mae Roddy (Paperback - July 1996)

Neil Simon Monologues: Speeches from the Works of America's Foremost Playwright by Neil Simon, et al (Paperback - July 1996)

Voices by Lydia Cosentino (Editor) (Paperback - July 1996)

The Audition Process: A Guide for Actors by Bob Funk (Paperback - April 1996)

Next: Auditioning for the Musical Theatre by Steven M. Alper, Herbert Knapp (Illustrator) (Paperback - February 1996)

The Contemporary Monologue: Men by Michael Earley (Editor), et al (Paperback - December 1995)

The Contemporary Monologue: Women by Michael Earley (Editor), et al (Paperback - September 1995)

Getting the Part: Thirty-Three Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, Commercials, and TV by Judith Searle (Paperback - September 1995)

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