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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To begin my exploration then, my choice of the main inner action in this speech
might be to commiserate with the sleeping Treves and to get to that by mocking,
scolding, and comforting him. I have thereby put the contents of the speech into ...
... and consistency come only with the exploration of inner actions. • As we noted
earlier, lacking a clear articulation of what the character's inner action is, the
naive actor will probably go onto the stage encumbered with objectives like trying
They are not engaged in character exploration. They are not helping each other.
Neither sees nor hears the other. Both have decided what to do and have
focused on that. They are combatants following predetermined agendas or