The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307481146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Author: William Esper,Damon DiMarco

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 030727926X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

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A masterful introduction to the actor's craft presents a series of rigorous but flexible exercises, based on the Meisner Technique of acting, designed to help actors deal with a wide variety of performance challenges. Original. 15,000 first printing.

The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0345805690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner,Dennis Longwell

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307830632

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

Strasberg's Method as Taught by Lorrie Hull

A Practical Guide for Actors, Teachers, and Directors

Author: S. Loraine Hull

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780971040113

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

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"Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull: A Practical Guide for Actors, Teachers and Directors. Foreword by Susan Strasberg The book starts with the historical background, then the chapters move on to a detailed description of actor training and direct"

The Unlimited Actor

Easy, New Techniques for Auditions, Character Development, and Unlocking Your Full Creative Range

Author: Nancy Mayans

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1504362403

Category: Education

Page: 288

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The Unlimited Actor is an exciting new paradigm in actor training. Step by step this book will guide you into sensing and controlling the body's mental, emotional, and physical energy centers. Train these "power points" to change at will and your acting range will take a quantum leap. * Boost Your Confidence * Easily Access Any Emotion * Embody Any Character on Cue

The Intent to Live

Achieving Your True Potential As an Actor

Author: Larry Moss

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553381202

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

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The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Auditioning

An Actor-Friendly Guide

Author: Joanna Merlin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375725377

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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Provides a guide to auditioning for film and theatrical roles with confidence, including tips on preparing for a role, finding the right monologues and songs to showcase talent, and dealing with creative criticism.

Voice And The Actor

Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753546922

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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Voice and the Actor is the first classic work by Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and world-famous voice teacher. Encapsulating her renowned method of teaching voice production, the exercises in this straightforward, no-nonsense guide will develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control - without which no actor or speaker can achieve their full potential. Illustrated with passages used in Cicely Berry's own teaching, Voice and the Actor is the essential first step towards speaking a text with truth and meaning. Inspiring and practical, her words will be a revelation for beginner and professional alike.

The Power of the Actor

Author: Ivana Chubbuck

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440649967

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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In The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most successful acting 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 rather as a way to drive and win a goal. In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.

Meisner in Practice

A Guide for Actors, Directors and Teachers

Author: Nick Moseley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848420878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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This book offers actors a step-by-step introduction to the salient features of the Meisner Technique and puts these to the test through a succession of practical exercises. The aim is to take the reader through the various stages of Meisner training, including addressing certain pitfalls and problems which the author has encountered in his own teaching.

The Sanford Meisner approach

workbook four : playing the part

Author: Larry Silverberg

Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 230

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"For serious theatre students, this book could be highly influential in laying a foundation for their acting careers." VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATESOf The Sanford Meisner Approach Volume Iż"Silverberg's writing is concise and insightful throughout and makes the technique accessible to any committed student." LIBRARY JOURNALRevolutionary! Inspiring! Masterful! Essential! From around the world, the critics have raved about Larry Silverberg's series on the Meisner Approach. In Workbook Four: Playing The Part, Larry takes you on a most intimate and personal journey as he teaches you how to take on the life of the character in a deeply authentic, organic, and specific way. As you work through the lessons in Playing the Part, your creativity and imagination will be unleashed and you will learn what it really means to be an actor who is passionate, relentless, and true! Join the students who have studied with Larry and who have used his books to master the craft of acting. LARRY SILVERBERG is founder and Artistic Director of the Belltown Theatre Center in Seattle, WA. He is also on staff at the University of Washington where he teaches Master Classes in the Meisner Work, while continuing his own acting career. Larry is a past winner of the Warner Bros. Filmmaker of the Year Award for his film, Flight in Masquerade, and has also been busy directing for the stage. Larry is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City where he studied with master acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.

An Actor's Companion

Tools for the Working Actor

Author: Seth Barrish

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1559367970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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"I was totally unprepared for the transformation that Seth's technique created in me. . . . I realized that what I thought I knew about acting up to that point was largely misguided . . . but I now had a great, talented, dedicated teacher who generously wanted to share his tools with everyone. There is muscularity, not to mention wisdom and truth to Seth's techniques. He is a wonderful teacher, and I know that having him as my first guide is one of the luckiest things to have happened to me in my career and life. And when I can't get back to class with him, I am so grateful I have this book to turn to."—Anne Hathaway "This book is truly unlike anything else I know—these pieces are haikus on specific elements of performance and character building."—Philip Himberg, executive director, Sundance Theatre Institute A collection of practical acting tips, tools, and exercises, An Actor's Companion is ideal for both the seasoned professionals and actors-in-training. The tips—all simple, direct, and useful—are easy to understand and even easier to apply, in both rehearsal and in performance. Seth Barrish is an actor, teacher, and the co-artistic director of The Barrow Group in New York City. In his thirty-year career, he has directed the award-winning shows My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Show), Sleepwalk With Me (Nightlife Award for Outstanding Comedian in a Major Performance), The Tricky Part (Obie Award, Drama Desk nominations for Best Play and Best Solo Show), Pentecost (Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), Old Wicked Songs (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Garland Award for Best Direction), and Good (Straw Hat Award for Best Direction), among dozens of others.

The Art of Acting

Author: Stella Adler

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1617746193

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 271

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Drawing on an archive of notebooks, transcriptions, and audiotapes, the lessons and insights Stella Adler brought to the craft of acting are presented.

How to be a Working Actor

Author: Mari Lyn Henry,Lynne Rogers

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0823088952

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 426

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Describes what the decision-makers are looking for during auditions, interviews, or when looking through portfolios and provides advice on using the Internet to search for acting opportunities.

How to Stop Acting

Author: Harold Guskin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0571199992

Category: Drama

Page: 178

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Presents different techniques for stage and screen actors, including a new approach to acting and advice on auditioning, developing a character, and playing difficult roles.

To the Actor

On the Technique of Acting

Author: Michael Chekov

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1787204332

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal

Acting in Commercials

A Guide to Auditioning and Performing on Camera

Author: Joan See

Publisher: Back Stage Books

ISBN: 0307799514

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Every actor knows that working in commercials is lucrative. But many actors, trained primarily for working on the stage, have mistaken ideas about this field and lack essential on-camera experience. Now in an updated and expanded edition, Acting in Commercials is the only resource that fills all the gaps in the performer’s knowledge of this demanding medium. Invaluable for its insight into the craft as well as the business of acting, it tells you how to prepare for commercial auditions and, once you’ve landed a job, how to deliver the most expressive on-camera performance—leading to more work and success in a competitive field. Author Joan See illuminates all the secrets she has learned while appearing in hundreds of commercials over the past thirty years. She shows you how to approach five distinctly different commercial forms and explains the specific acting techniques to employ in each. In fact, Acting in Commercials will take you beyond commercial work, sharpening all your acting skills for a broader film and television career.

Audition

Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part

Author: Michael Shurtleff

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780802719027

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream! Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before, how to use humour; create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

Author: Melissa Bruder

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307499138

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

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This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book. From the Trade Paperback edition.