Learning to Perform

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2667-1
Publication Date
June 2010
Page Count
576 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Learning to Perform

An Introduction

In Learning to Perform Carol Simpson Stern and Bruce Henderson enliven the dialogue between theory and practice for actors and teachers alike. Beginning with an overview of the study of literary and cultural texts through performance, Stern and Henderson then translate literary and performance theory into concrete classroom experience. Learning to Perform presents a dynamic performance methodology that offers the tools students need to develop and refine performance skills, analyze texts, and think and reflect critically on performed texts. By addressing an expanded sense of text that includes cultural as well as literary artifacts, the authors bridge the gap between oral interpretation

and the more inclusive field of performance studies that overarches it.

About the Author

Carol Simpson Stern is a professor of performance studies and former dean of the graduate school at Northwestern University.

Bruce Henderson is a professor of speech communication at Ithaca College.