Practical and comprehensive, the Encyclopedia of Acting Techniques contains step-by-step exercises and improvisations for both the individual and groups. Fully illustrated in color throughout, the first part of the book shows you how to use your body and voice to maximum effect, how to prepare play texts, analyze the character you are playing, and use costume and props. The author also describes the different types of stages, tells you how to handle your moves on stage and gives advice on audition technique. Another section covers the art of stage make-up. In the second part of the book the "world of the play" gives an overview of comedy, tragedy, epic theatre and realistic drama, supported by biographies of leading playwrights. Practical exercises in each type of drama show you how to apply the skills you have learned to specific genres.