During the California Repertory Company's 2009 production of Melissa James Gibson's play Current Nobody, I set a specific goal for myself: to fully put my attention on my scene partner in portraying the roles of Jo and Journalist #3. After two years of graduate acting training, I was still very self-conscious in my acting, and I knew that this self-consciousness was a major obstacle to putting my attention on my scene partner. After several failed attempts to free myself of this self-consciousness, I ultimately identified the source of the problem-an unending inner dialogue that constantly judged my work while in performance. Through "non-judgmental observation," as presented by Timothy Gallwey in The Inner Game of Tennis, and the use of "targets of attention," as presented by Declan Donnellan in The Actor and the Target, I was able to control this inner critic and finally find freedom in my acting.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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