Facing the Fear - An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright

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Bella Merlin

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"An utterly engrossing book about confronting one of the most fundamental aspects of being an actor Fear" ~ Antony Sher

Stage fright has the power to drive actors from the stage for weeks, months and years

Sometimes even a lifetime

It's a monster that can strike any actor at any time

Fortunately, it's a challenge that can now be met ...

Facing the Fear - An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright is the first its kind, written specifically for actors

Insightful, empowering and always reassuring, it's for those of you who are experiencing or have previously suffered from stage fright

And for those of you who want to be fully prepared should that day ever come

It provides all the tools you need to understand, confront and ultimately overcome stage fright and its effects

And thereby regain control over your life and career

Bella Merlin combines a professional acting career with teaching and is currently Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of California

Drawing on her own and other actors' personal experiences, she examines:

The internal and external roots of stage fright, and how it manifests itself both psychologically and physiologically

The complex relationship between the actor and the audience, and how it contributes to stage fright

The cognitive processes of learning, storing and retrieving lines, and practical strategies to help

The essential principles for building a healthy, fear-free rehearsal environment

The techniques that actors can employ to develop their own practices, from tips on physical well-being to performance strategies

Her book is also invaluable reading for any teacher, director or stage manager working closely with actors

And a fascinating insight for anyone interested in what actors go through


'"A strong blend of hard evidence, fact and anecdote ... detailed but very accessible ... a practical book with plenty of advice" ~ The Stage


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