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ERIC Number: ED266503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-5
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Right Brain/Left Brain Model of Acting.
Bowlen, Clark
Using current right brain/left brain research, this paper develops a model that explains acting's underlying quality--the actor is both himself and the character. Part 1 presents (1) the background of the right brain/left brain theory, (2) studies showing that propositional communication is a left hemisphere function while affective communication is a right hemisphere function, and (3) a discussion of the model based on primary neuropsychological studies. Part 2 explores whether the model is compatible to acting theory by matching it to three established theorists (Grotowski, Stanislavski, and Brecht), and suggests that because it is compatible with their theories and useful in understanding their differences, it gains credibility. Part 3 assesses the model's usefulness in dealing with actors, particularly in teaching, by looking at the very different approaches of two important teachers of acting (Viola Spolin and Kristen Linklater), and illustrates how the model is useful for understanding both teachers and illuminating their differences. Part 4, the summary, suggests directions to take and questions to explore. Notes and a bibliography are appended. (EL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 4-7, 1985).