Feb 12, 2013

Arts and Humanities Dean Pens Book

(Newport News, Va.) - Breese bookSteven Breese, Dean of CNU's College of Arts and Humanities, has written a new book titled On Acting, A Handbook for Today’s Unique American Actor. Written to support a new generation of actors and acting teachers, the book melds new approaches with the best proven methods and practices.

The process of acting is at once studied and intuitive — requiring continual tête-à-tête between our logical and impulsive selves. The linear (left) and contextual (right) centers of the brain have inherent dependency upon one another, but humans, based on their innate proclivities, tend to favor one side of the brain over the other. Actors do not have this luxury. On Acting encourages actors to use both sides of the brain, as well as their entire physical being.

For more than three decades, Breese has enjoyed a national and international career as an actor, director and playwright. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is a member of the Actors Equity Association. As a playwright, he has completed more than 40 works, including “The Trial of Hamlet” (classical courtroom drama), “Brotherly Love” (contemporary love story), “Doubletake” (thriller), “Wit’s End” (mystery) and “Actus Fideí” (historical fiction). His newest play, “Posing Nude,” is due to be completed in late 2013. Breese has also served as chair of the CNU Department of Theater and Dance, director of TheaterCNU, artistic director of Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre, and the Berea Summer Theatre.

On Acting, A Handbook for Today’s Unique American Actor was published by Focus Publishing, and is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the publisher's website.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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