"[Luckett has] achieved the highest aim of the professional life: to create the rubric that defines what comes next."

- Molefi Kete Asante

Black Acting Methods offers alternatives to the Euro-American performance styles that many actors find themselves working with. These methodologies are rooted in a critical framework that allows Afrocentric sensibilities and experiences to excite and invigorate approaches to performative scholarship. This ground-breaking collection is an essential resource for teachers, students, actors and directors seeking to reclaim, reaffirm or even redefine the role and contributions of Black culture in theatre arts.

Black Acting Methods:

Critical Approaches

Sharrell D. Luckett

with Tia M. Shaffer

2017

 

BUY

"Black Acting Methods is a necessary and miraculous book chock full of insight, history, fact, conjecture, fascinating points-of-view and valuable insight. The contributors include a who’s who of distinguished artists and practitioners as well as serious academic minds, coalescing in a must-read book for our times. An accomplishment!"

 

  • Anne Bogart

"Inspiring, refreshing, and filled with intellectual stimulation, Black Acting Methods is a unique collection with multi-generational contributions from so many gifted, important and relevant educators and artists. This book proves to be a must-read for both artists and audiences."

 

  • Kenny Leon

"Black Acting Methods is a gift for theatre artists and artist-scholars. This multiperspectival collection exists as a mosaic that reveals how central, and indeed endemic, theatre and performance are (and have always been) to African and Black diasporic experiences."

 

  • Harvey Young, PhD, author of "Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body"

“For the first time, this volume, Black Acting Methods, gathers together key texts, essays, and reflections on how Black lived experiences and cultural heritage can inform the training of actors and directors. This anthology positions Black history, thought, and struggle as central to acting education. It is a book that theater practitioners and educators, acting teachers and students can all find extremely useful for their work.”

 

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr. PhD, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Grounded in radical acts of freedom making, this anthology begins the critical work of making the struggles for freedom that Black actors experience audible and legible, and validates so much of the invisible labor that Black artists perform in order to connect to their craft and work in inclusive environments that affirm their experiences as artists.

 

  • Nicole Hodges Persley, PhD, University of Kansas, Acting Chair, Dept. of Theatre

Enacting the now legendary notion of “the audacity of hope” from Barack Obama, Sharrell D. Luckett with Tia M. Shaffer have the audacity to imagine and execute a volume of essays that attempts to fill a void in the annals of the theatrical cannon. The audacity is to reclaim and articulate “Black acting methods,” as quintessentially linked with cosmologies of knowing/doing that are race and culture based. These essays offer a reunification of thought as much as embodied methods of doing, rightfully broadening pedagogies of theatre and expressive cultural ways of approaching performance.

 

  • Bryant Keith Alexander, PhD, author of "The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity"

"Black Acting Methods is a necessary and miraculous book chock full of insight, history, fact, conjecture, fascinating points-of-view and valuable insight. The contributors include a who’s who of distinguished artists and practitioners as well as serious academic minds, coalescing in a must-read book for our times. An accomplishment!"

 

  • Anne Bogart

"Inspiring, refreshing, and filled with intellectual stimulation, Black Acting Methods is a unique collection with multi-generational contributions from so many gifted, important and relevant educators and artists. This book proves to be a must-read for both artists and audiences."

 

  • Kenny Leon

"Black Acting Methods is a gift for theatre artists and artist-scholars. This multiperspectival collection exists as a mosaic that reveals how central, and indeed endemic, theatre and performance are (and have always been) to African and Black diasporic experiences."

 

  • Harvey Young, PhD, author of "Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body"

“For the first time, this volume, Black Acting Methods, gathers together key texts, essays, and reflections on how Black lived experiences and cultural heritage can inform the training of actors and directors. This anthology positions Black history, thought, and struggle as central to acting education. It is a book that theater practitioners and educators, acting teachers and students can all find extremely useful for their work.”

 

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr. PhD, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Grounded in radical acts of freedom making, this anthology begins the critical work of making the struggles for freedom that Black actors experience audible and legible, and validates so much of the invisible labor that Black artists perform in order to connect to their craft and work in inclusive environments that affirm their experiences as artists.

 

  • Nicole Hodges Persley, PhD, University of Kansas, Acting Chair, Dept. of Theatre

Enacting the now legendary notion of “the audacity of hope” from Barack Obama, Sharrell D. Luckett with Tia M. Shaffer have the audacity to imagine and execute a volume of essays that attempts to fill a void in the annals of the theatrical cannon. The audacity is to reclaim and articulate “Black acting methods,” as quintessentially linked with cosmologies of knowing/doing that are race and culture based. These essays offer a reunification of thought as much as embodied methods of doing, rightfully broadening pedagogies of theatre and expressive cultural ways of approaching performance.

 

  • Bryant Keith Alexander, PhD, author of "The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity"