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Palgrave Macmillan

Inner Monologue in Acting

ISBN 9781137354273
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

What should an actor be thinking on stage? This overlooked, important question is the crux of this new book that combines psychological theory, practical exercises, and a wide-reaching examination of inner monologue in various forms including film, musical theatre, and comedy. The inner monologue is that "stream of consciousness" or "inner voice" that constantly echoes in your head. This revolutionary new book tames and harnesses that voice to be used as a powerful tool in acting. Written in an accessible tone, the book assists actors, directors and educators in their quest for deeper more thoughtful acting and is a perfect supplement to traditional actor training.

Rob Roznowski is Head of Acting and Directing and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University, USA. He is the author of Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors (with Kirk Domer, 2009) and is an award-winning actor, director, educator, and playwright. Roznowski has served as the National Outreach and Education Coordinator for Actors' Equity Association. During his time there, he created numerous nationally accepted educational programs and materials used for prospective and established members of the 45,000-member union. As an actor and director, he has worked at the Long Wharf Theatre, the Goodspeed Opera House, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Florida Studio Theatre.

Introduction: Nick
1. Acting
2. Inner Monologue (IM) in Basic Psychology
3. IM Everyday
4. IM in Acting
5. IM as Enemy
6. IM versus Subtext
7. IM in Transitions
8. IM Alone Onstage
9. IM in Objective/Tactic/Obstacle
10. IM Out of Your Head
11. IM in Script Scoring
12. IM in Drama
13. IM in Film
14. IM in Classical Theatre
15. IM in Musical Theatre
16. IM in Comedy
17. IM in Style
18. IM in Auditions
19. IM in Other Psychological Situations
20. IM in Other Performance Forms


"This is a great book; it will be useful in the classroom and in production practice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Readers at all levels." - CHOICE
"Through the examination of self as a person, self as an actor, and self as a character, each chapter aims to ignite the actor's inner voice and imagination in a manner that fills them up and carbonates them. The detailed examination of the inner monologue that lives in the transitions between lines and the silences between characters is ultimately a life-long lesson for actors of all ages, making this book appropriate for even the most seasoned of actors." - Kevin Connell, Professor of Theatre Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, USA
"I guarantee that actors, acting teachers, and directors will read this book and want to immediately apply the principles and exercises outlined therein. It is certainly an important concept in acting and all too often not explained well in acting texts. I am positive I will retain it as an important teaching tool in all levels of acting and auditioning." - Deborah Jordan, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Program Head, Acting & Directing, Jacksonville University, Florida, USA
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