Toward an Integral Theory of Acting

Toward an Integral Theory of Acting
An Introduction to Dramatic Intelligence
By Timothy J. Melody
In this article, the author proposes an acute sense of affective prosody—the psychophysically embodied “poetry” or “music” of affective expression. This capacity is presented as the quintessential talent exemplified in the master performance of the actor and, correlatively, the definitive heart of the dramatic (and comedic) art.
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Published: 05-25-2012
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In Integral Psychology, the talents or “gifts” represent a special group of developmental lines or streams, which has for the most part been represented by Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. To date, neither approach includes a talent stream that can adequately account for excellence in abilities of acting, creation of dramatic art, nor those in related artistic fields such as stand-up comedy and fiction writing. In this article, I propose an acute sense of affective prosody—the psychophysically embodied “poetry” or “music” of affective expression. I present this capacity as the quintessential talent exemplified in the master performance of the actor and, correlatively, the definitive heart of the dramatic (and comedic) art.