The Natural Actor

By Mary Kate Caffrey
©2012, 126 pages

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    Any student of acting must begin by reawakening his or her ability to play like a child. The Natural Actor focuses on stimulating this ability using simple, natural, easily understood techniques. First, students train their instruments: body, voice, mind, and spirit. The trained instrument is then used to practice the craft of acting through games, improvisation, and open scenes. Journal prompts encourage critical thinking about the learning process. Physical training is integrated into activities that develop the imagination and strengthen the ability to work with others. Aristotle observed that acting is an innate part of human nature. The Natural Actor gives students the emotional guidance and practical tools needed to rediscover that innate ability.

    The book is ideal for college-level performing arts classes. Written from a position of emotional sensitivity and abundance, The Natural Actor will help any student who wishes to release the actor within and explore the creative self.

    Mary Kate Caffrey is an instructor of theatre and speech communication at Framingham State University, as well as a lecturer of theatre at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is former professor of theatre and speech communication and chair of the department of communicative arts at Massasoit Community College. Professor Caffrey earned her master's degree in theatre at Northwestern University. She has since directed over 60 productions and co-founded the Threshold Theatre, where she also serves as co-artistic director and director of education. Professor Caffrey was a contributing author to The Power of Thought and Language: An Anthology of Writing by the 2005-2006 Calderwood Fellows at the Boston Atheneum and is the author of the book The Natural Actor.
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