The Politics of American Actor Training

1st Edition

Ellen Margolis, Lissa Tyler Renaud

Routledge
Published June 6, 2011
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9780415896535 - CAT# Y120315
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

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Summary

The essays in this volume address the historical, social, colonial, and administrative contexts that determine today's U.S. actor training, as well as matters of identity politics, access, and marginalization as they emerge in classrooms and rehearsal halls. It considers persistent, questioning voices about our nation’s acting training as it stands, thereby contributing to the national dialogue the diverse perspectives and proposals needed to keep American actor training dynamic and germane, both within the U.S. and abroad. Prominent academics and artists view actor training through a political, cultural or ethical lens, tackling fraught topics about power as it plays out in acting curricula and classrooms. The book offers a survey of trends in thinking on actor training and investigates the way American theatre expresses our national identity through the globalization of arts education policy and in the politics of our curriculum decisions.

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