The Power of the Actor – The Chubbuck Technique





The premier acting teacher and coach with star power reveals cutting-edge that has launched some of the most successful careers in Hollywood.

The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results. For many of today’s major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty—first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but as a way to drive and win a goal. The result motivates real human behavior—from its source—creating a fundamentally accurate and compelling result.
In addition to her powerful twelve-step process for becoming and living a character, The Power ofthe Actor includes:

  • l Script analysis of classic and contemporary scripts from film, television, and theater.
  • Fascinating behind-the—scenes accounts of how countless celebrities mastered their craft.
  • Sections on special acting tools and exercises, such as how to organically feel drunk or high; creating organic fear; being mentally finding the mind-set of a killer;and creating sexual chemistry.

“lvana Chubbuck has crafted a deep, thorough, intelligent, interesting, and complex guide… Chubbuck’s stories about acting struggles are humanizing and familiar, lessons all actors can relate to… Like a five—star feast after a month of fast food, her book is immensely satisfying.”Back Stage West

“lvana Chubbuck is the premier acting coach ofthe twenty-first century… Ivana’s innovative methods of teaching both complement and rival those methods ofthe great teachers of the past… Under Ivana’s tutelage, the course of my career and depth of my work have changed dramatically”Halle Berry

“l found this proactive approach to be extremely powerful-not just in acting, but also in writing and directing” Eriq La Salle

“This is my bible; I don’t leave home without it.”Eve Mendes

Ivana Chubbuck founded Ivana Chubbuck Studios more than twenty years ago, becoming one of the most sought—after acting coaches in Hollywood. She also works as a script consultant and has been widely profiled in the media. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film director Lyndon Chubbuck.

Ivana Chubbuck is one of the most sought after acting coaches and teachers, having taught thousands of students for over twenty years. She founded the Ivana Chubbuck Studios in Hollywood, which has become a favored place of study for actors, writers, and directors. She has been widely profiled in the media as one of the foremost authorities on acting. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film director Lyndon Chubbuck.



PART I: The 12-Step Chubbuck Acting Technique

CHAPTER 1 Tool #1: Overall Objective

CHAPTER 2 Tool #2: Scene Objective

CHAPTER 3 Tool #3: Obstacles

CHAPTER 4 Tool #4: Substitution

CHAPTER 5 Tool #5: Inner Objects

CHAPTER 6 Tool #6: Beats and Actions

CHAPTER 7 Tool #7: Moment Before

CHAPTER 8 Tool #8: Place and Fourth Wall

CHAPTER 9 Tool #9: Doings

CHAPTER 10 Tool #10: Inner Monologue

CHAPTER 11 Tool #11: Previous Circumstances

CHAPTER 12 Tool #12: Let It Go

PART II: Other Acting Tools and Exercises

CHAPTER 13 Substance Abuse

CHAPTER 14 Creating Sexual Chemistry

CHAPTER 15 Playing a Serial Killer

CHAPTER 16 Creating Organic Fear

CHAPTER 17 Creating Organic Feelings of Death and Dying

CHAPTER 18 Experiencing Feeling Pregnant

CHAPTER 19 Experiencing Parenthood

CHAPTER 20 Playing a Paraplegic or Ouadraplegic

CHAPTER 21 Creating Emotional Realities for Scars and Bruises

CHAPTER 22 Organically Realizing the Character’s Occupation, Profession or Career

PART III: The Practical Application of the Tools

Script Analysis for Uncle Vanya

Using the 12 Tools

Practical Application: Three-or-More-Person Scenes




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