Southeastern professor publishes acting textbook
HAMMOND –James Winter, assistant professor of acting and directing at Southeastern Louisiana University, has had a new textbook on acting published. "Act One; Scene One: An Actor's Workbook" marks Winter's first acting textbook and his third textbook overall. The work was published and released by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
"Of the three books I've written, I'm most proud of this one because I think it's unique to what it is," said Winter, the 2011 recipient of the Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity. "From what I've heard from my peers in both acting and education, there really isn't another acting text like it.
"I tried to write it in a manner that's not super dry," he added. "I tried to make it fun for the students. I tried to write how I teach."
"Act One; Scene One" lives up to its name. The work includes monologues and scenes from a variety of plays but includes space for students to record their personal observations and reflections. The book also serves as a form of assessment for professors and instructors, who want to check for students' understanding of the acting process, Winter said.
He said theater students can use the text as a reference for creating a resume and preparing for auditions.
The book is available through Amazon.com and will be used at Southeastern in introductory and advanced acting courses. Royalties from the textbook sales help fund Southeastern's James Winter Endowed Theatre Scholarship and The Hymel Falgoust Jr. Scholarship in Technical Theatre.