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Voice into Acting


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Acknowledgements Foreword List of illustrations Introduction PART ONE LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS Introduction Chapter 1 The organic acting approach and the voice Chapter 2 The organic acting approach and the brain PART TWO THE ESSENTIAL VOCAL SIX - AND INTEGRATING ACTING INTO VOICE Introduction Chapter 3 Alignment - backbone of the action Chapter 4 Breath - the great creative connector Chapter 5 Centred onset of sound - the vocal identity of the actor Chapter 6 Pitch range - the music of meaning Chapter 7 Resonance - vibrating the experience Chapter 8 Articulation - shaping thought and action PART THREE INTEGRATING VOICE INTO THE ORGANIC ACTING PROCESS Introduction Chapter 9 Interval - receiving and responding Chapter 10 Awareness, ease and focus Chapter 11 The action - given circumstances, interaction and objectives Chapter 12 Seeing, sensing and feeling Chapter 13 Character voice Chapter 14 The actor in the space PART FOUR INTEGRATING VOICE IN REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE - PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Introduction Chapter 15 Meeting the play and the character Chapter 16 From impulse to action Chapter 17 From action to form Conclusion Selected bibliography About the authors Index Permissions

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The first book to fully integrate acting skills with voice technique.

About the Author

Christina Gutekunst is currently Head of Voice at East 15 Acting School, UK. John Gillett is an actor, director, teacher and the author of Acting on Impulse, revised in a new edition as Acting Stanislavski: A practical guide to Stanislavski's approach and legacy (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014).


Voice into Acting is an inspiring, comprehensive, and accessible guide to voice training, acting techniques, and body awareness for actors and performers .. It is a rich resource for teachers and students, and for established actors wishing to refresh or revisit their training or get out of bad habits. It is excellent: a challenging and insightfully presented series of methodologies that demands an intellectual, instinctive, and physical understanding of the acting process. -- Naomi Paxton * New Theatre Quarterly *
A unique and valuable resource for all those who wish to explore a cohesive and fully integrated method for bringing a character to vivid life onstage, fully engaging the voice, body, and mind. -- Daydrie Hague, Auburn University, USA * Theatre Topics *
I was fascinated to read Voice into Acting and the approach it presents for integrating vocal pedagogy with the acting process. The authors combine a depth of experience in voice teaching and in acting that enables them to write with authority, wisdom and clarity, making a valuable contribution to the field. The material is thorough, detailed, and very well organized. Strongly recommended. * DAVID CAREY, Voice and Text Director UK and USA, co-author of The Verbal Arts Workbook *
A thoughtful, comprehensive guide packed with useful, practical exercises for joining voice pedagogy and the acting process ... Voice into Acting is a complete guide that could be used to create a voice class, acting class or in a rehearsal process to synthesize both. As demonstrated by the authors' use of Shakespeare to integrate the process, the methods can be applied to any text, ranging from new plays to classics. The exercises provide a vast resource that could be used for an ensemble of actors in rehearsal, group of students in a classroom, or by an individual actor seeking to develop their skills. * Voice and Speech Review *

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