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In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons--each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises--Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character's social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.- Approaches improvisation as a tool for developing acting technique - Lessons are applicable to contemporary and classic material and to both comedy and drama Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
About the Author
Dan Diggles teaches improvisation at Marymount Manhattan College and has taught master classes in improvisation at Columbia University. A cofounder of the FreeStyle Repertory Theatre, he lives in New York City.