Toward a General Theory of Acting

Cognitive Science and Performance

  • Authors
  • John Lutterbie

Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. John Lutterbie
      Pages 1-17
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. John Lutterbie
      Pages 21-75
    3. John Lutterbie
      Pages 77-102
    4. John Lutterbie
      Pages 103-128
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. John Lutterbie
      Pages 131-159
    3. John Lutterbie
      Pages 161-179
    4. John Lutterbie
      Pages 181-210
    5. John Lutterbie
      Pages 211-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-269

About this book


Toward a General Theory of Acting explores the actor's art through the lens of Dynamic Systems Theory and recent findings in the Cognitive Sciences. An analysis of different theories of acting in the West from Stanislavski to Lecoq is followed by an in depth discussion of technique, improvisation, and creating a score. In the final chapter, the focus shifts to how these three are interwoven when the actor steps in front of an audience, whether performing realist, non-realist, or postdramatic theatre. Far from using the sciences to reduce acting to a formula, Lutterbie celebrates the mystery of the creative process.


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