An Actor Prepares Book
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An Actor Prepares


  • Author : Constantin Stanislavski
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 283
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780938431

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One of the most important books on acting ever written, this is the book that introduced Stanislavski's influential 'system' to the English-speaking world.

An Actor Prepares Book
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An Actor Prepares


  • Author : Constantin Stanislavsky
  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2013-03-06
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447489863

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An Actor Prepares Excerpt :

“An Actor Prepares” is a 1936 guide to acting by Konstantin Stanislavski. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 – 1938) was an influential Russian theatre practitioner. He was himself a highly-esteemed character actor and directed many successful productions. However, he is most famous for his 'system' of learning to act, focusing on training, preparation, and technique. This was the first of Stanislavski's book on acting. Concentrating on preparation, it offers the aspiring actor or actress tips and instructions on how they should prepare for performances. This seminal volume constitutes a must-have for all with an interest in acting and the work of Stanislavski. Contents include: “The First Test”, “When Acting Is An Art”, “Action”, “Imagination”, “Concentration”, “Of Attention”, “Relaxation Of Muscles”, “Units And Objectives”, “Faith And A Sense Of Truth”, “Emotion Memory”, “Communion”, “Adaptation”, “Inner Motive Forces”, “The Unbroken Line”, “The Inner Creative”, “State”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

An Actor s Work Book

An Actor s Work


  • Author : Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 726
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315474243

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Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre. Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavski’s huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors. The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century. This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by the director Richard Eyre.

The Magic If Book

The Magic If


  • Author : Elizabeth Y. Kelly
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1973
  • Genre: Child actors
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015003627737

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A Young Actor Prepares Book

A Young Actor Prepares


  • Author : Jeff Alan-Lee
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2021-11-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493061044

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In A Young Actor Prepares, Jeff Alan-Lee masterfully delivers kids' and teens' acting classes presented as plays in script form. The classes are based on actual semesters at the Young Actor's Studio in Los Angeles and provide step-by-step approaches to help children and teenagers portray complex characters and tackle emotionally challenging roles. For over thirty years, Alan-Lee has worked with thousands of young people, teaching the work presented in this book. His work has been the springboard for award-winning artists in acting, directing, playwriting, screenwriting, and music. Inspired by Stanislavski's An Actor Prepares, Alan-Lee has developed engaging and exciting ways to create great acting, using a unique version of the Stanislavski system that he reworked for the young actor. It's a fun and easy method to help children and teens learn to apply Stanislavski-based exercises and use their own their own life experiences, imagination, and emotions to create authentic acting and performances. The book is for kids and teens, as well as teachers and parents. Kids and teens can find relatable characters and gain a deeper ability to make their acting shine. Teachers will get a unique look at how to handle a multitude of personalities while teaching the real work to children as young as eight. Parents will discover an actor's process that can lead their kids to greater self-esteem and creativity in all the arts

True and False Book
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True and False


  • Author : David Mamet
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-09-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307806499

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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 Work on a Role Book
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An Actor s Work on a Role


  • Author : Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2009-09-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135203436

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An Actor s Work on a Role Excerpt :

An Actor’s Work on a Role is Konstantin Stanislavski’s exploration of the rehearsal process, applying the techniques of his seminal actor training system to the task of bringing truth to one’s chosen role. Originally published over half a century ago as Creating a Role, this book was the third in a planned trilogy – after An Actor Prepares and Building a Character, now combined in An Actor’s Work – in which Stanislavski sets out his psychological, physical and practical vision of actor training. This new translation from renowned scholar Jean Benedetti not only includes Stanislavski’s original teachings, but is also furnished with invaluable supplementary material in the shape of transcripts and notes from the rehearsals themselves, reconfirming 'The System' as the cornerstone of actor training.

Building a Character Book
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Building a Character


  • Author : Konstantin Stanislavsky
  • Publisher : Methuen Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 299
  • ISBN 10 : 1408100053

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Building a Character Excerpt :

In his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski dealt with the imaginative processes. In the second book, Building a Character,he deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage,expressions, movement and speech etc. It is a book in which everytheory is inextricably bound up with practice - a perfect handbook tothe physical art of acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors andtrainers. This edition, now reprinted with a new cover at a moreaccessible price, has stood the test of time for actors all over theworld and was the original English language translation. A classic textfor every actors library. "An Actor must work all his life, cultivate his mind, train histalents systematically, develop his character; he may never despair andnever relinquish this main pupose - to love his art with all hisstrength and love it unselfishly." (Constantin Stanislavski)

Creating a Role Book

Creating a Role


  • Author : Konstantin Stanislavsky
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 0878309810

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This third volume examines the development of a character from the viewpoint of three widely contrasting plays.

Building a Character Book

Building a Character


  • Author : Constantin Stanislavski
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780935676

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In this follow up to his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski develop his influential 'system' of acting by exploring the imaginative processes at the heart of the actor's craft. Building a Character deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage through such tools as expressions, movement and speech. It is a book in which every theory is inextricably bound up with practice - a perfect handbook to the physical art of acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers and - available now in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth - it remains an essential read for actors and directors at all stages of their careers.

A Life in Parts Book
Score: 4
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A Life in Parts


  • Author : Bryan Cranston
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476793887

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“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling. In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White. “An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

An Actress Prepares Book

An Actress Prepares


  • Author : Rosemary Malague
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-06-17
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136503894

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'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

The Intent to Live Book

The Intent to Live


  • Author : Larry Moss
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2005-12-27
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553381207

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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 Introduction When 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 for his advanced acting classes. But now everyone–professionals and amateurs alike–can discover Moss’s passionate, in-depth teaching. Inviting you to join him in the classroom and onstage, Moss shares the techniques he has developed over thirty years to help actors set their emotions, imagination, and behavior on fire, showing how the hard work of preparation pays off in performances that are spontaneous, fresh, and authentic. From the foundations of script analysis to the nuances of physicalization and sensory work, here are the case studies, exercises, and insights that enable you to connect personally with a script, develop your character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibition, and master the technical skills required for success in the theater, television, and movies. Far more than a handbook, The Intent to Live is the personal credo of a master teacher. Moss’s respect for actors and love of the actor’s craft enliven every page, together with examples from a wealth of plays and films, both current and classic, and vivid appreciations of great performances. Whether you act for a living or simply want a deeper understanding of acting greatness, The Intent to Live will move, instruct, and inspire you.

An Actor Prepares Book
Score: 4.5
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An Actor Prepares


  • Author : Konstantin Stanislavsky
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 0878309837

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The first volume of Stanislavski's enduring trilogy on the art of acting defines the "System," a means of mastering the craft of acting and of stimulating the actor's individual creativeness and imagination.

The Actor s Art and Craft Book
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The Actor s Art and Craft


  • Author : William Esper
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2008-04-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307279262

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The Actor s Art and Craft Excerpt :

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.