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.
The Actor´s Art and Craft:William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique William Esper, Damon Dimarco
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.
In the Company of Actors:Reflections on the Craft of Acting Carole Zucker
Veteran award-winning radio theater wizard Joe Bevilacqua interviews famous voice actors about their lives and craft. Interviewees include cartoon voice legend June Foray; Fred Frees, voice actor and son of the legendary Paul Frees; Bob Bergen, the current voice of Porky Pig; Phillip Proctor, actor, writer, comedian, and Firesign Theatre founding member; Joe Alaskey, the current voice Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Sylvester; and Noel Blanc, son of voice legend Mel Blanc. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Bevilacqua. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007156/bk_blak_007156_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a book for the thinking actor, and the finest actors I´ve known are just that. The best actors bring it all together: body, heart, spirit, and mind. This book is for the actor who thinks about craft and influence, who thinks about the relationship of performance to living, who thinks about doing and what that doing means. Acting is a metaphor, and it´s a mirror. A theory of acting, if true, shows us to ourselves. Jeff Zinn knows this. He knows it as an actor, director, teacher, and thinker. His theory of everything is simple and revelatory. (From the foreword by Todd London) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Zinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038630/bk_acx0_038630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Veteran character actor David Dean Bottrell draws on his 35-plus tumultuous years of work in the entertainment industry to offer a guide to breaking in, making a living, and making a life in the fabulous trenches of show business. Covers every facet of the business, including: Capturing the perfect headshotStarting (and maintaining) your networkPicking an agentAudition do’s and don’tsJoining the union(s): SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association (AEA)On stage vs. on screen Paying the billsSelf-promotionLate bloomersWhen to get out David Dean Bottrell has worn many different hats during his decades in showbiz: television actor with appearances on Boston Legal, Modern Family, The Blacklist, Mad Men, True Blood, NCIS, and Days of Our Lives; screenwriter for Paramount and Disney; respected acting teacher at UCLA and AADA; and regular expert columnist for esteemed acting site Backstage. In Working Actor, Bottrell offers a how-to manual jammed with practical information and insider advice, essential reading for any artist (aspiring or established) in need of insight or inspiration. Mixing prescriptive advice (´´Getting Started´´, ´´Learning Your Craft´´, ´´Finding an Agent´´) with wisdom drawn from Bottrell´s own professional highs and lows and those of his acting compatriots, this book´s humorous, tell-it-like-it-is tone is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to successfully navigate show business. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Dean Bottrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006712/bk_rand_006712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Internationally renowned actor Geraint Wyn Davies performs Dylan Thomas’ best-known and most beloved poems: ´´Fern Hill´´, ´´Death Shall Have No Dominion´´, and the eternal ´´Do Not Go Gentle´´. Also included are complete (and abridged) performances of the best-selling ´´A Child’s Christmas in Wales´´ and ´´A Visit to Grandpa’s´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geraint Wyn Davies, Francesca Faridany, Dana Ivey, Carole Shelly, Mark Stone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000835/bk_naxo_000835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.