Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The imperative education of theater artists
by Prior, Robert A., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 43; 1527577
Abstract (Summary)

David Mamet's book of essays True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor boldly claims that formal training, particularly of the academic variety, is of no use to aspiring theater artists. This thesis argues for the importance and validity of such training. It is a defense of both formal training and ofStanislavski--the father of almost all contemporary training systems and a figure particularly irksome to Mamet. The thesis is supported by examples gleaned from my own formal education in theater and from insights gained directing student actors on my final project for my MFA, Kira Obelensky's play Lobster Alice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gordon, Joanne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Performing Arts, Theater
Publication Number: 1527577
ISBN: 978-1-303-79616-6
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