Teaching Actors

Knowledge Transfer in Actor Training

Ross W. Prior

Teaching Actors

Ross W. Prior

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

243 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841505701 Published August 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Teaching Actors draws on history, literature, and original research conducted across leading drama schools in England and Australia, to offer those involved in actor training a critical framework within which to think about their work. Prior, who brings to this volume more than twenty years of experience as both a teacher and performer in the field, devotes particular attention to the different ways in which teachers and students acquire and share knowledge through practical craft-based experience. The first book-length treatment of how actor trainers work—and understand their work—Teaching Actors will be an invaluable educational resource in an increasingly important area of theater training and research.


1. Historical Background
2. Theory and Practice of Actor Training
3. Encountering the Great Divides
4. Current Organisational Practice
5. Vocational Expertise and Knowledge
6. The Actor Trainers: A Case Study
7. Drama Schools and the Industry
8. The Training Process
9. Communicating Knowledge
10. Towards Better Practice: A Conclusion

The Epilogue
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