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by Stephen Wangh

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Wangh is such an amazing teacher. His warmth and perception is evident even on the page, and I am deeply regretful that I never had the chance to study with him while he was still teaching at NYU. I have, however, had the immense pleasure of learning the material from his students and fellow artists, and I have found this book to be an invaluable resource in helping me recall and polish my work, from warming up to character work. It's no substitute for a class, but it's a great guidebook. Also, the final chapter on how to be a working actor and maintain your sanity is great, especially as a recent grad in this crazy profession. ( )
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A Vintage Original

"The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible." When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned. But within four weeks they themselves had experienced the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh reveals how Jerzy Grotowski's physical exercises can open a pathway to the actor's inner creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and on the work of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the gap between rigorous physical training and practical scene and character technique. Wangh's students give candid descriptions of their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating how to transform these remarkable lessons into a personal journey of artistic growth. Courageous and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is an invaluable resource for actors, directors, and teachers alike.

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