All chapters conclude with "Summary."List of Exercises. Preface to the Ninth Edition
I. PREPARING YOURSELF. 1. The Actor in You.
The Skills of the Actor.
Acting and Your Personal Growth.
Discipline.2. The Creative State.
Tension and Excessive Effort.
The Here and Now.3. Centering and Moving.
Your Relationship to Gravity.
The Pure Center and the Voice.
The Actor's Use of Center.
Your Changing Relationship to Gravity.
Phrasing Movement.4. Gesture.
Communication through Gesture.
The Genesis of Gesture.
Implied Gestures in the Text.5. Voice.
The Voice and Emotion.
The Source of the Voice.
The Cycle of Energy.
The Voice and Inner Dynamic.
The Voice and Attitude.
Using Your Own Voice.6. Speech.
The Process of Speech.
Oral Sounds: Vowels and Diphthongs.
Oral Sounds: Consonants.
Speech, Context, and Character.
Further Training of Body and Voice.7. Working with Others.
The Bodily Center and Relationship.
Commitment, Support, and Communication.
Transaction and Teamwork.
II. ACTION. 8. The Flow and Shape of Dramatic Action.
Action and Reaction: The Life of the Scene.
The Shape of Drama.
Drama and Conflict.9. Action for the Actor.
Action According to Stanislavski.
Action in Life.
Internal and External Action.
Indicating.10. Action and the Acting Process.
Action and Emotion.
Action and Character.
Personalization and the Magic If.
The Acting Process.11. Needs, Actions and Objectives.
Wants and Needs.
Actions and Objectives.
Defining Productive Objectives.
Connecting Action with Others.
Spontaneity.12. Playable Actions.
Defining Playable Actions.
Units of Action.
The Given Circumstances.13. Beats and Scenes.
The Score of the Role14. Through-Line and Superobjective.
III. CHARACTER. 15. The Function and Elements of Character.
Functional and Likeness Traits.
Categories of Character Traits.
Economy of Characterization.
A Character Checklist.16. The Character's Mind.
The Instroke of Reaction.
Direct and Indirect Action.
Not Doing: Suppression.17. The Character's Language.
Word Choice: Text and Subtext.
Imagery.18. The Character's Body.
Personality in the Body.
The Character's Center.
The Flow of Bodily Energy.
Physique and Personality.
Body Alignment and Character.19. The Character's Emotion.
From Action to Emotion: Working from the Outside In.
From Thought to Emotion: Working from the Inside Out.
Emotional Recall and Substitution.
The Role of Emotion in Performance.
IV. THE WORKING PROCESS. 20. Finding the Content.
Preparation and Homework.
Getting Up and Off Book.
Exploring the Action.
Establishing the Score.21. Developing the Form: Scale and Blocking.
Getting Up and Off Book
Directions on Stage.
The Scale of Performance.
The Groundplan and Setting.
Justifying the Blocking.22. The Rehearsal Process III: Preparing to Open.
Shaping and Pacing the Performance.
Making Final Adjustments.
Technical and Dress Rehearsals.
Growth after Opening.23. The Actor at Work.
Supporting Each Other.
Free and Open Communication.
You and Your Director.
The Fear of Failure.
The Desire for Success.
Your Sense of Purpose.Afterword: Transformation. Appendix A: Sample Scenes.
Zoot Suit.Appendix B: Useful Plays. Appendix C: An Action Checklist. Bibliography. Notes. Glossary of Acting Terms. Index.