Teaching Actors (Book)

Knowledge Transfer in Actor Training

Teaching Actors is the first book-length treatment of how actor trainers work and understand their work. Prior draws on history, literature and original research conducted across leading drama schools in England and Australia and devotes attention to the different ways in which teachers and students acquire and share knowledge through experience. 

Category: Performing Arts

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Teaching Actors draws on history, literature, and original research conducted across leading drama schools in England and Australia, to offer those involved in actor training a critical framework within which to think about their work. Prior, who brings to this volume more than twenty years of experience as both a teacher and performer in the field, devotes particular attention to the different ways in which teachers and students acquire and share knowledge through practical craft-based experience. The first book-length treatment of how actor trainers work—and understand their work—Teaching Actors will be an invaluable educational resource in an increasingly important area of theatre training and research.

Ross W. Prior is a reader and principal lecturer in drama and acting at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health, also published by Intellect.

 
Chapter 1: Historical Background 
Chapter 2: Theory and Practice of Actor Training 
Chapter 3: Encountering the Great Divides 
Chapter 4: Current Organisational Practice 
Chapter 5: Vocational Expertise and Knowledge 
Chapter 6: The Actor Trainers: A Case Study 
Chapter 7: Drama Schools and the Industry 
Chapter 8: The Training Process 
Chapter 9: Communicating Knowledge
Chapter 10: Towards Better Practice: A Conclusion
 
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