The Technique of Inner Action: The Soul of a Performer's Work
This book focuses on the inner work of a performer. It takes up where Stanislavski's study of inner work left off and then expands inner action into a comprehensive discipline for developing an inner technique as precise and concrete as those use to develop external skills like voice and movement. Bill Bruehl argues that authentic emotions are expressed when performers focus on the internal aspirations of their character and on the flow of actions in the play. Mastery of inner action allows a performer to interpret a character with clarity, maximize creative potential, and insure authentic expression of emotion and spontaneity in performance.
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Because of the neglect of the technique of inner action, even some theater
people believe that actors have no craft for evoking the authentic inner self. The
myth that all of this is a divine mystery and that as a result we mustn't be too
This flow of authentic responses, rooted in the flow of inner action, creates the
finest, most exhilarating performances. The development of our spontaneity leads
us to an awareness of that fact. The actor who risks being spontaneous knows he
There have been several hypotheses explaining how we express emotion and if
indeed that expression is authentic. Some have said that actors do not feel the
emotions they portray, and others have disagreed. Actors wanted to achieve the ...