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Sanford Meisner on Acting
Sanford Meisner - Jul 12, 1987
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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...
Respect for Acting
Uta Hagen - Jul 08, 2008 (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 ...
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An Actor Prepares
Constantin Stanislavski - Jun 27, 2013 (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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Audition
Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
Michael Shurtleff - Jan 01, 2003 (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 ...
The Intent to Live
Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor
Larry Moss - Dec 27, 2005 (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...
The Art of Acting
Stella Adler - Nov 01, 2000
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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
Acting in Film
An Actor's Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition
Michael Caine - Feb 01, 2000 (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, ...
On the Technique of Acting
Michael Chekhov - Nov 01, 1993 (first published in 1953)
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The most authoritive, authentic text of a classic guide to acting...
The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
William Esper - Apr 08, 2008
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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 ...
The Power of the Actor
The Chubbuck Technique -- The 12-Step Acting Technique That Will Take You from Script to a Living, Breathing, Dynamic Character
Ivana Chubbuck - Aug 18, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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Author BiographyIvana 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. - The Power Of The Actor By Ivana Chubbuck (Paperback)...
The Actor and the Target
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Declan Donnellan - Sep 01, 2006 (first published in 2000)
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“Acting is a reflex, a mechanism for development and survival. . . . It isn’t ‘second nature,’ it is ‘first nature.’”—Declan Donnellan This immensely popular and ever-practical book on acting takes a scalpel to the heart of actors’ persistent fears, helping them to release their talent on stage. It is straightforward and unpretentious, with a spiri...
To the Actor by Michael Chekhov
Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater
Acting as a Business by Brian O'Neil
Actions by Marina Caldarone
A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston
The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer
A Challenge For The Actor by Uta Hagen
Self-Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie
How to Stop Acting by Harold Guskin
Secrets of Screen Acting by Patrick Tucker
Building A Character by Constantin Stanislavski
Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner
In-Depth Acting by Dee Cannon
Acting by Richard Boleslavsky
Acting for the Camera by Tony Barr
Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull by S. Loraine Hull
No Acting Please by Eric Morris
The Golden Rules of Acting by Andy Nyman
True and False by David Mamet
Loving to Audition by Larry Silverberg