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ERIC Number: ED226386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Promise of the New Actor Training--A Professional Challenge for Teachers.
Gross, Roger
Theatre News, v14 n9 p14-15 Dec 1982
In recent years, theatre faculty have come to understand that advanced degrees do not guarantee that a person is qualified for the subtle, complex, and dangerous job of teaching acting, and that actor training has more to do with the problems of human behavior than with the theatre. The fundamental problem with acting is the fear that controls human behavior. Theatre faculty should reach beyond theatre to the human behavior sciences for training techniques that can help students cast off this fear, free their imaginations and learn the skills of self knowledge and perception. Unfortunately, most graduate theatre programs are either unable or not inclined to prepare teachers for this new work, and many of the most valuable new techniques drawn from psychology and therapy are dangerous in the hands of anyone not fully trained. Such teaching is better viewed as intervention (any interaction with another in order to change the other's behavior or attitudes) than as therapy. For any intervention, the instructor must know (1) what the specific intended impact of the intervention is, (2) the psychic or somatic mechanisms by which the intervention is expected to work, (3) any particular dangers posed by the technique, and (4) how to judge the actual impact of the intervention. Acting teachers must, in effect, become psychologists. What is needed is a thoughtful outline of a course of study for acting teachers and a full research bibliography of sources in the burgeoning territory of the sciences and technologies of human behavior. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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