Textbook Universitetsforlaget 2015, 350 p.

How are roles and characters created for television drama, in film or the theatre? What does an actor need to know to stand on stage for the world to see? And is this the same today as it has always been?

This textbook is the first complete introduction to the art of acting ever written. Here we meet shamans from the Stone Age, orators from Antiquity, jugglers and buffoons from the Renaissance, film stars from the interwar period, performance artists from the 1960s and reality show contestants from our times. All of this in an attempt to determine the kind of discipline this is and what constitutes the art form that is acting.

The Art of Acting guides the reader through the history and methods, traditions and innovators of the art of acting. The book defines the most important forms, schools and disciplines within the field and illustrates points of convergence between the art of acting and other fields, such as the visual arts, rhetoric, psychology and anthropology.

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For a list of articles written during the preliminary work phase for the book, see list of articles.
English sample translation of Table of Contens and Introduction Chapter.

Ole Johan Skjelbred in Norsk Shakespeare og teatertidsskrift nr. 2 2015
«Stene skriver inspirert, innsiktsfullt og sobert. Han byr på interessante filosofiske og sosiologiske betraktninger. Felt som billedkunst, psykologi og politikk kobles opp mot skuespilleren og teateret. (..) SStene opens up an exciting landscape in which it has become more demanding and extremely interesting to be an acting student, an actor, director or spectator.»

Kai Johnsen in Morgenbladet nr. 14, 10.04.2015
«Stene makes visible, chapter by chapter, a historical development without resorting to heavy and mechanical academic categorizations of the type “Social Conditions”, “Economics”, etc. Instead he has managed to integrate the subject matter of acting into the language, thereby illuminating and situating it in a broad context. It then feels safe to give oneself over to Øystein Stene’s conscientious guided tour through the history of the art of acting.»

 Chris Erichsen in 06.05.2015
«In many ways Stene has stepped into a minefield. A field for which there is so little systematic documentation is somehow communal property at all levels, the domain of everyone from the ordinary spectator to every director and theatre manager – and reviewer. In this sense Øystein Stene has here carried out a brave feat.»