By Anne Bogart
From recognized auteur of the yank theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is an interesting and obtainable publication approximately directing theatre, appearing and the collaborative inventive process.
Writing in actual fact and passionately, Bogart speaks to a large viewers, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes a useful contribution to the sphere tackling issues such as:
- why theatre matters.
Following on from her profitable publication A Director Prepares, which has develop into a key textual content for educating directing sessions, And Then, You Act is a necessary practitioner and pupil resource.
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Many of my projects for the theater are an attempt to animate the voices of dead Americans: Stein, Orson Welles, Leonard Bernstein, Emma Goldman, Herman Melville, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell, and others. I choose literary voices, scientific voices, and historical events to which I want to be connected. The art of theater is about living outside your own skin and identifying with the ancestors who empower you to speak. Articulate, describe, and redescribe, find your own words, finish sentences, ■ articulation 29 transform the irritations of daily life into expression, point, signal in the face of the ephemeral, frame what you believe and say it well.
Stay close to the why. What are your intentions? Why do you choose a particular play? How heartfelt is your drive? Why is this action necessary? The why forms the pedestal upon which the work rests and not only predetermines the persistence of your action, but also guides your hand and gives force to the outcome. My friend Morgan Jenness admired Mother Teresa, now Blessed Mother Teresa, and at difficult personal junctures, the mere thought of her provided inspiration. Although now a playwright’s agent, Morgan worked for many years with the legendary producer Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival in New York City.
Fundraising is an action that can help to speak a project into existence. François Girard helped me to grasp this notion. Due to the withdrawal of government subsidy in the current political and cultural climate, finding support has become a more time-consuming necessity. But you can also see it as the opportunity to describe and redescribe a project. Fundraising is action. Consider the pursuit of support and raising money as a part of your artistic process. It is not a burden. It is a way of meeting people, building community and articulating ideas, concepts, and intentions.