Acting at the Speed of Life

Timothy Mooney

Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style



  • “Tim Mooney calls us back to the basics, and it’s about time! Acting at the Speed of Life communicates with clarity, wisdom and practicality. This text belongs in every theatre artist’s bookbag.”
    (Jeff Barker, Northwestern College Theatre Chair)
  • “With clarity and specificity, and no small amount of humor, Mooney provides no-nonsense steps to approach the demands of stylized acting that will be of essential value to both beginning and veteran actors.”
    (James Fisher, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • “Applicable to all manner of plays—modern as well as those from the classic past. Bravo!”
    (David Deacon, Theatre Professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville)
  • “All the examples from (Mooney’s) own acting or teaching experiences really help to make it an easy read… NO other book I’ve read captures these simple tasks that are so important.”
    (Janice Fronczak, University of Nebraska-Kearney Theatre Chair)

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About the Book

An acting textbook focusing on stylized performance. Moving from the fundamentals of “Being Seen” and “Being Heard,” to challenges of Asides, Soliloquies, and explorations of “Hamlet,” “The Misanthrope” and “Tartuffe.” Based on Timothy Mooney’s popular Acting Workshop, Mooney expands his topic to cover issues of memorization, pursuit of objectives, “presence” and the mastery of rhetoric.

From the cover:

The best acting workshop you never attended!

Acting students all over the U.S. have the three steps of Tim Mooney’s “Hamlet” exercise indelibly imprinted in their brain! In a brief two-hour session, this workshop completely upends the way performers look at dialogue! With Acting at the Speed of Life, Mooney goes beyond what he is able to squeeze into this hugely successful master class, to share secrets of Theatrical Power! The results are immediate, for actors, teachers and anyone seeking to boost the power of their “presence” in public!

Among the book’s many lessons, you’ll learn to…

  • Stop Stopping yourself!
  • Make Memorization Stick!
  • Triumph Over Rhetorical Speech!
  • Incorporate the ‘Stuff’ of Historical Style!
  • Uncover Theatrical Convention in Modern Life!
  • Go Ridiculously Beyond the Bounds of “Realism!”
  • Capture Emotional Action by Pursuing its Opposite!


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