Sanford Meisner on Acting

Sanford Meisner on Acting
Author: Sanford Meisner
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1987
ISBN 10: 0394750594
ISBN 13: 9780394750590
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sanford Meisner on Acting Book Review:

Taking readers step-by-step through the most basic acting exercises to critiques of performances in scenes from contemporary American plays, this volume follows a class of eight at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where Meisner has taught for fifty years

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner
Author: Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2020-07-17
ISBN 10: 1000077527
ISBN 13: 9781000077520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner Book Review:

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. This compilation reveals the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches, while highlighting meaningful bridges and offering in-depth essays from a variety of sources, including master teachers with years of experience and new and rising stars in the field. The authors provide philosophical arguments on actor training, innovative approaches to methodology, and explorations into integration, as well as practical methods of application for the classroom or rehearsal room, or scaffolded into a curriculum. Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is an excellent resource for professors teaching Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced Acting Technique as well as acting program directors and department chairs seeking new, impactful research on actor training.

Real Life Drama

Real Life Drama
Author: Wendy Smith
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2013-08-06
ISBN 10: 0307830985
ISBN 13: 9780307830982
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Real Life Drama Book Review:

Real Life Drama is the classic history of the remarkable group that revitalized American theater in the 1930s by engaging urgent social and moral issues that still resonate today. Born in the turbulent decade of the Depression, the Group Theatre revolutionized American arts. Wendy Smith's dramatic narrative brings the influential troupe and its founders to life once again, capturing their joys and pains, their triumphs and defeats. Filled with fresh insights into the towering personalities of Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg, Cheryl Crawford, Elia Kazan, Clifford Odets, Stella and Luther Adler, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb, among many others, Real Life Drama chronicles a passionate community of idealists as they opened a new frontier in theater.

The Actor s Workbook

The Actor   s Workbook
Author: Alex Clifton
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-05-05
ISBN 10: 1472523261
ISBN 13: 9781472523266
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Actor s Workbook Book Review:

The Actor's Workbook is an essential workbook for actors, actors in training and teachers of acting and drama. The workbook and video provide a clear, step-by-step guide to learning techniques in acting. The book presents a system of exercises which will develop core acting skills, offers techniques for developing an authored role and models for devising new work. These techniques are based on the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski and his recent theatrical descendants including Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov and others. The exercises in the book are outlined in a student-centred approach, offering not only in-class exercises, but also pre-class exercises, educational frameworks, teaching-tips, suggested texts through which to apply the work, follow-up exercises and suggestions for further reading in each chapter. Enabling and guiding the actor's sustainable, communicable, believable transformation into an imagined reality, this workbook is filled with powerful and precise acting tools, each underpinned by a rigorous and well-explained philosophy of practice. The Actor's Workbook includes video of the author teaching the exercises, with professional actors demonstrating the techniques to be learned.

The Intent to Live

The Intent to Live
Author: Larry Moss
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 358
Release: 2005-12
ISBN 10: 0553381202
ISBN 13: 9780553381207
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Intent to Live Book Review:

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.

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character
Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-04-08
ISBN 10: 0345805690
ISBN 13: 9780345805690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character Book Review:

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.

The Actor s Art and Craft

The Actor s Art and Craft
Author: William Esper,Damon Dimarco
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-12-10
ISBN 10: 030748114X
ISBN 13: 9780307481146
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Actor s Art and Craft Book Review:

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.

How to Stop Acting

How to Stop Acting
Author: Harold Guskin
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2003-06-25
ISBN 10: 1466801662
ISBN 13: 9781466801660
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Stop Acting Book Review:

"The Great Guskin" (John Lahr, The New Yorker) shares the approach he uses to help actors land roles, develop them, and keep them alive Harold Guskin is an "acting doctor" whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars. Instead of yet another "method," Guskin offers a strategy based on a radically simple and refreshing idea: that the actor's work is not to "create a character" but rather to be continually, personally responsive to the text, wherever his impulse takes him, from first read-through to final performance. From this credo derives an entirely new perspective on auditioning and the challenge of developing a role and keeping it fresh, even over hundreds of performances. Drawing on examples from his clients' work and his own, Guskin presents acting as a constantly evolving exploration rather than as a progression toward a fixed goal. He also offers sound and original advice on adapting to the particular demands of television and film, playing difficult emotional scenes, tackling the Shakespearean and other great roles, and more. His book will find an eager and appreciative audience among novices and established actors alike.

The Lee Strasberg Notes

The Lee Strasberg Notes
Author: Lee Strasberg,Lola Cohen
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0415551854
ISBN 13: 9780415551854
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lee Strasberg Notes Book Review:

Never before published transcripts from Lee Strasberg's teachings at his school in New York City in the last ten years of his life.

The House of Ram n Iglesia

The House of Ram  n Iglesia
Author: José Rivera
Publsiher: Samuel French, Inc.
Total Pages: 94
Release: 1983
ISBN 10: 9780573619045
ISBN 13: 0573619042
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Method Acting Exercises Handbook

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook
Author: Lola Cohen
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2016-12-08
ISBN 10: 1315471485
ISBN 13: 9781315471488
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook Book Review:

The Method Acting Exercises Handbook is a concise and practical guide to the acting exercises originally devised by Lee Strasberg, one of the Method's foremost practitioners. The Method trains the imagination, concentration, senses and emotions to ‘re-create’ – not ‘imitate’ – logical, believable and truthful behavior on stage and in film. Building on nearly 30 years of teaching internationally and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles, Lola Cohen details a series of specific exercises in order to provide clear instruction and guidance to this preeminent form of actor training. By integrating Strasberg's voice with her own tried and tested style of teaching, Cohen demonstrates what can be gained from the exercises, how they can inform and inspire your learning, and how they might be applied to your acting and directing practice. As a companion to The Lee Strasberg Notes (Routledge 2010), a transcription of Strasberg's own teaching, The Method Acting Exercises Handbook offers an unparalleled and updated guide to this world renowned technique.

An Actress Prepares

An Actress Prepares
Author: Rosemary Malague
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2013-06-17
ISBN 10: 1136503897
ISBN 13: 9781136503894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Actress Prepares Book Review:

'Every day, thousands of women enter acting classes where most of them will receive some variation on the Stanislavsky-based training that has now been taught in the U.S. for nearly ninety years. Yet relatively little feminist consideration has been given to the experience of the student actress: What happens to women in Method actor training?' An Actress Prepares is the first book to interrogate Method acting from a specifically feminist perspective. Rose Malague addresses "the Method" not only with much-needed critical distance, but also the crucial insider's view of a trained actor. Case studies examine the preeminent American teachers who popularized and transformed elements of Stanislavsky’s System within the U.S.—Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, and Hagen— by analyzing and comparing their related but distinctly different approaches. This book confronts the sexism that still exists in actor training and exposes the gender biases embedded within the Method itself. Its in-depth examination of these Stanislavskian techniques seeks to reclaim Method acting from its patriarchal practices and to empower women who act. 'I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years: a thorough-going analysis and reconsideration of American approaches to Stanislavsky from a feminist perspective ... lively, intelligent, and engaging.' – Phillip Zarrilli, University of Exeter 'Theatre people of any gender will be transformed by Rose Malague’s eye-opening study An Actress Prepares... This book will be useful to all scholars and practitioners determined to make gender equity central to how they hone their craft and their thinking.' – Jill Dolan, Princeton University

Meisner in Practice

Meisner in Practice
Author: Nick Moseley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 9781848420878
ISBN 13: 1848420870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meisner in Practice Book Review:

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.

On Method Acting

On Method Acting
Author: Edward Dwight Easty
Publsiher: Ivy Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-07-11
ISBN 10: 0307823776
ISBN 13: 9780307823779
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Method Acting Book Review:

Practiced by such actors of stature as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, and Ellen Burstyn (not to mention the late James Dean) the Method offers a practical application of the renowned Stanislavsky technique. On Method Acting demystifies the "mysteries" of Method acting -- breaking down the various steps into clear and simple terms, including chapters on: Sense Memory -- the most vital component of Method acting Improvisation -- without it, the most integral part of the Method is lost Animal Exercises -- just one way to combat the mental blocks that prevent actors from grasping a character Creating The Outer Character -- so actors can give the freshness of originality to a role while at the same time living the life of the character On Method Acting is also an indispensable volume for directors, designers, lighting technicians, and anyone in the dramatic arts interested in creating a believable and realistic effect in their productions.

Acting in Film

Acting in Film
Author: Michael Caine
Publsiher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2000-02-01
ISBN 10: 1476842752
ISBN 13: 9781476842752
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Acting in Film Book Review:

(Applause Books). 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 revised and expanded edition features great photos, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material ... A treasure ... I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way ... FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel

The Stanislavski System

The Stanislavski System
Author: Sonia Moore
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 112
Release: 1984-10-02
ISBN 10: 1101562587
ISBN 13: 9781101562581
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stanislavski System Book Review:

This clearly written guide to the Stanislavski method has long been a favorite among students and teachers of acting. Now, in light of books and articles recently published in the Soviet Union, Sonia Moore has made revisions that include a new section on the subtext of a role. She provides detailed explanations of all the methods that actors in training have found indispensable for more than twenty years. Designed to create better actors, this guide will put individuals in touch with themselves and increase personal sensitivity as well.

Improv for Actors

Improv for Actors
Author: Dan Diggles
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2004-03-01
ISBN 10: 1581159412
ISBN 13: 9781581159417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Improv for Actors Book Review:

In this step-by-step guide, an actor and improvisational teacher brings his tested methods to the page to show how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. Through 28 lessons—each of which includes warm-ups, points of concentration, and improvisation exercises—Improv for Actors provides insights into thinking and reacting with fluidity, exploring a character’s social status, using the voice and body as effective tools of storytelling, and more. Actors of all levels will soon be able to give a fresh, original approach to classic characters, create funnier performances in farce and comedy, and make dramatic characters richer and more believable.

Secrets of Acting Shakespeare

Secrets of Acting Shakespeare
Author: Patrick Tucker
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN 10: 1135862338
ISBN 13: 9781135862336
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secrets of Acting Shakespeare Book Review:

Secrets of Acting Shakespeare isn't a book that gently instructs. It's a passionate, yes-you-can designed to prove that anybody can act Shakespeare. By explaining how Elizabethan actors had only their own lines and not entire playscripts, Patrick Tucker shows how much these plays work by ear. Secrets of Acting Shakespeare is a book for actors trained and amateur, as well as for anyone curious about how the Elizabethan theater worked.

True and False

True and False
Author: David Mamet
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2011-09-07
ISBN 10: 0307806499
ISBN 13: 9780307806499
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

True and False Book Review:

One of our most brilliantly iconoclastic playwrights takes on the art of profession of acting with these words: invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. Acting schools, “interpretation,” “sense memory,” “The Method”—David Mamet takes a jackhammer to the idols of contemporary acting, while revealing the true heroism and nobility of the craft. He shows actors how to undertake auditions and rehearsals, deal with agents and directors, engage audiences, and stay faithful to the script, while rejecting the temptations that seduce so many of their colleagues. Bracing in its clarity, exhilarating in its common sense, True and False is as shocking as it is practical, as witty as it is instructive, and as irreverent as it is inspiring.

An Actor s Companion

An Actor s Companion
Author: Seth Barrish
Publsiher: Theatre Communications Group
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2015-05-25
ISBN 10: 1559367970
ISBN 13: 9781559367974
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Actor s Companion Book Review:

"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.