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Postby aruffo » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:12 pm

This section of the forum is for you to write anything that occurs to you as a result of reading .

Whether it's about acting, teaching, communication, or whatever else, all responses are most welcome.

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Postby aruffo » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:54 am

University of Florida-- and Impro is an extraordinary book that stays on my shelf along with the very few other books that influence my life on an ongoing basis.

I'm currently at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada). A couple days ago I had the opportunity to give a 20-minute lecture on how to write a scientific outline. It was great fun-- my style took everyone by surprise, and at the end of the session the class spontaneously began applauding. For a lecture. About writing outlines. Heh.

If I hadn't mentioned already, check out John Holt's books (How Children Fail/Learn) and Gatto's "Dumbing Us Down"-- potent stuff.

(Gatto's is available online, and it has its high points.)

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Postby koenig » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:48 am


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Postby aruffo » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:44 am

You're right. They are all the same. Exactly the same. Although I have only a sampling (Boston University, University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of California Irvine) all these are entirely identical. If you get a worthy instructor it's more dumb luck than the school itself.

There is one and only one reason to go to a school that makes you pay to be there: connections. If you are GUARANTEED to make a career-stepping connection, if the school has a DIRECT connection to actual industry people, that may be worth it (think Yale, Cal Arts, NYU, Stratford training). Otherwise, you can find plenty of schools that will pay you to be there as a teaching assistant, and you can learn technical skills such as voice and movement. Overall, conservatories are probably better than schools because you actually perform for audiences instead of teachers. If I knew then what I know now, I definitely would not have gone to acting school (except of course for having met my wife while there. I wouldn't take that back for the world!).


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