ABSTRACT

Re-Purposing Suzuki: A Hybrid Approach to Actor Training introduces a system of text analysis that synthesizes physical, psychological, and vocal components in order to truthfully embody heightened texts and contexts.

By understanding how the author has re-purposed Suzuki and other physical training methods, as well as Stanislavski, readers will gain an awareness of how to analyze a particular training method by extrapolating its key components and integrating it into a holistic, embodied approach to text analysis. The book explores a method of physical scoring via Rules of the Body and Rules of Composition, as well as a method of approaching heightened texts from Greek drama to post-modern playwrights that draws on the individual actor’s imagination and experience and integrates voice, mind, and body. Readers will be able to either replicate this approach, or apply the logic of its building blocks to assemble their own personal creative process applicable to a variety of performance genres.

This is a source book for actors, theatre students, practitioners, and educators interested in assembling tools derived from different sources to create alternative approaches to actor training. While the process outlined in the book evolves in a classroom setting, the components of the pedagogy can also be practiced by individuals who are interested in finding new ways to explore text and character and bring them into their own personal practice.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

part Part 1|16 pages

Finding a Context

chapter 6Chapter 1|5 pages

Remembering the Beginning

chapter Chapter 2|9 pages

Creating a Need

part Part 2|88 pages

Embodying an Alternative Pedagogy

chapter Chapter 3|6 pages

Creating a Basic Physical Score

The Rule of Body Composition

chapter Chapter 4|20 pages

Enhancing the Physical Score

The Rules of Composition

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Exploring Narrative

The Myth Project

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Examining Heightened Context

The Greek Project

chapter Chapter 7|10 pages

Developing Personal Sourcing

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Engaging Physical Scoring with Text

The Lyric Project

part Part 3|42 pages

Putting It All Together

chapter Chapter 9|4 pages

Creating Blocking

chapter Chapter 10|5 pages

Embodying Given Circumstances

chapter Chapter 11|7 pages

Deriving Physical Actions

chapter Chapter 12|6 pages

Assembling the Process

chapter Chapter 13|6 pages

Articulating Tactics Through Physical Scoring

chapter Chapter 14|8 pages

Reducing the Score

chapter Chapter 15|4 pages

Digesting the Layers