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ERIC Number: ED192424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Therapeutic Techniques in Actor Training.
Gross, Roger
Since a fundamental problem of acting--fear--is a fundamental human problem, the basic job of acting teachers is to help their students become the kind of people who can act. Acting teachers need to help their students cast off their fears, free their bodies and their imaginations, and learn all the skills of self-knowledge, self-control, and perception so inhibited by fear and by the ego-trap that fear generates. The way acting teachers can accomplish all these things is by going to the experts in the fundamental sciences and technologies of human behavior to get the necessary information, tools, and skills. Without necessarily adopting the notion of therapeutic techniques, acting teachers need to adopt the therapeutic concept of intervention--interacting with another person to change that person's behavior, beliefs, and attitudes. The challenge of such a teaching attitude is that acting teachers will need to re-educate themselves, learning techniques such as Alexander Lowen's bioenergetics, T'ai Chi, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, first aid, CPR, speech science, neurobiology, kinesics, proxemics, and semantics. These studies are essential to acting teachers because they presume to tinker with people's bodies and minds at profound levels. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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