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New Book BREAKING IT DOWN Sets Forth Acting Techniques for the Global Majority

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They combine practical advice, cultural studies, Black feminist perspectives, and lived experiences to offer intersectional approaches to auditioning.

New Book BREAKING IT DOWN Sets Forth Acting Techniques for the Global Majority

Working in an environment that often stereotypes or attempts to "universalize" experiences, it's more important than ever that actors consider how culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability are inseparable and important parts of their identity that should not be minimized and can instead enhance their work.

In Breaking It Down: Audition Techniques for Actors of the Global Majority, Nicole Hodges Persley and Monica White Ndounou share real-world audition strategies that centers the experiences of actors of color. They combine practical advice, cultural studies, Black feminist perspectives, and lived experiences to offer intersectional approaches to auditioning.

The ten steps outlined in this book aid actors across racial lines seeking to develop the necessary skills to break down a character and script while affirming their full selves into the audition to book the role. Building on the momentum of the #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and Time's Up movements, Breaking It Down emboldens actors of the global majority to embrace every aspect of their identities rather than leaving themselves behind in an effort to gain entry and access to the entertainment industry.

Nicole Hodges Persley is an associate professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. She is a courtesy faculty member of the Department of Theatre & Dance. She has performance and directing credits in regional theater, television and film. She is the Artistic Director of KC Melting Pot Theatre, Kansas City's premier Black Theatre company. Hodges Persley is also the co-founder of CreateEnsemble, a social media platform for creative artists of color and the founder of Black Performance Project, a virtual multimodal maker space.

Monica White Ndounou is an associate professor of theater and the 2017-2018 Sony Music Fellow at Dartmouth College. She is the founding Executive Director of The CRAFT Institute. She is an actor, director and member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). She is a founding member of the National Advisory Committee of The Black Seed, a national strategic plan to create impact and thrivability for Black theater institutions and initiatives. She is also a co-founder of CreateEnsemble.


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