Amy Cook (“Building Character”) on the Oscars

by Kathryn Beaton March 1, 2018

Our author Amy Cook, an Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, recently answered some questions about her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.   Films play a prominent role in your book’s examination of casting choices. When you look over the list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in acting, what casting choices stand out as exceptional? Some of these actors originated the roles they are in: there was no other Lady Bird or Elisa Esposito before Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins were cast in those roles. Other actors are […]

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THIS WEEK: Animal Acts Performance Festival, a prelude to new UMP title

by Shaun Manning March 20, 2013

University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Media Center Video Studio plays host to Animal Acts: Beasts of the Northern Wild Performance Festival and Symposium March 21-23, with presenters including Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes, editors of the forthcoming University of Michigan Press title Animal Acts: Performing Species, which is set to debut in December. The symposium, organized by Hughes, promises a host of presenters “provoking and performing, in dialogue with faculty, students and staff, as well as the general guests.” Chaudhuri and Hughes’ book will be the first anthology of animal-related performance pieces, marking a significant contribution to the lively field of Animal […]

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Diane Torr appears at ‘Man for a Day’ documentary screenings in Germany

by Shaun Manning July 27, 2012

Diane Torr, co-author with Stephen Bottoms of Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance, is currently on tour in Germany in support of Man for a Day, a documentary film by Katarina Peters chronicling Torr’s legendary workshops exploring the nature of gender. The film premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in February and is now playing at select theatres in Berlin, Hamburg, Köln, and München, and opened this week in Frankfurt and Leipzig. Dresden and Göttingen will have screenings in September and October, respectively. For a full screening schedule and more information (in English or German), visit the Man for a Day […]

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Author interview with Cynthia Baron, co-author with Sharon Marie Carnicke of Reframing Screen Performance

by University of Michigan Press September 11, 2008

Are screen actors just playing themselves? Can film acting be considered “true” acting? Are there ways to describe the acting choices we see in films? These are some of the questions Cynthia Baron and Sharon Carnicke address in their new book, Reframing Screen Performance. The authors draw on new evidence to dispel some deep-rooted misconceptions about film acting. From there, they explore film performances using accessible terms developed by actors, directors, and a handful of scholars in theatre and film. They show that viewers’ interpretations are shaped by everything on screen, including the gestures and expressions that work in concert […]

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