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Best Books on Acting

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Best Books on Acting
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Sanford Meisner on Acting
Sanford Meisner - 1987-07-12
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This book, written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout these pages Meisner is delight--always empathizing with his students and urging th...
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Respect for Acting
Uta Hagen - 2008-07-08 (first published in 1973)
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Respect for Acting "This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation of the means to the end." --Publishers Weekly "Hagen adds to the large cor...
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John Leguizamo
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An Actor Prepares
Constantin Stanislavski - 2013-06-27 (first published in 1938)
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An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers. This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with...
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John Leguizamo
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Audition
Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
Michael Shurtleff - 2003-01-01 (first published in 1978)
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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 role! 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 ...
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The Intent to Live
Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor
Larry Moss - 2005-12-27 (first published in 2004)
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“I call this book The Intent to Live because great actors don’t seem to be acting, they seem to be actually living.”–Larry Moss, from the IntroductionWhen Oscar-winning actors Helen Hunt and Hilary Swank accepted their Academy Awards, each credited Larry Moss’s guidance as key to their career-making performances. There is a two-year waiting list fo...
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The Art of Acting
Stella Adler - 2000-11-01
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Stella Adler was one of the 20th Century's greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the ...
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John Leguizamo
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Acting in Film
An Actor's Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition
Michael Caine - 2000-02-01 (first published in 1989)
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A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This new revised and expanded edition features great photos throughout, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera - Before You Shoot, The Take, ...
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Freeing the Natural Voice
Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language
Kristin Linklater - 2006-10-30 (first published in 1976)
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A classic text for theatre and film it has sold 100,000 copies in its first edition....
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Actions
The Actors' Thesaurus
Marina Caldarone - 2004-08-30 (first published in 2003)
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Actors need actions. They cannot act adjectives, they need verbs. This thesaurus of active verbs helps the actor to refine the action-word until they hit exactly the right one to make the action come alive....
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The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
William Esper - 2008-04-08
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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 ...
On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov
Acting as a Business by Brian O'Neil
The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer
A Challenge For The Actor by Uta Hagen
Self-Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie
The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan
To the Actor by Michael Chekhov
Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker
How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin
No Acting Please by Eric Morris
A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder
A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
Improvisation for the Theater by Viola Spolin
Building A Character by Constantin Stanislavski
Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner
Acting by Richard Boleslavsky
Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull by S. Loraine Hull
Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern
True and False by David Mamet
Loving to Audition by Larry Silverberg
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Games for Actors and Non-Actors by Augusto Boal
The Viewpoints Book by Anne Bogart
Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen by Paul Meier
In-Depth Acting by Dee Cannon
Acting for the Camera by Tony Barr
The Golden Rules of Acting by Andy Nyman
Backwards and Forwards by David Ball
The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita
How to Be a Working Actor, 5th Edition by Mari Lyn Henry
The Stanislavski System by Sonia Moore