Respect for Acting Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Respect for Acting

  • Author : Uta Hagen
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2009-05-04
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 0470730188

Respect for Acting Book Description :

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 corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation." --Library Journal "Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book. But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft." --Los Angeles Times "There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen." --Fritz Weaver "This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor." --King Features Syndicate

Challenge For The Actor Book

Challenge For The Actor

  • Author : Uta Hagen
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1991-08-21
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684190402

Challenge For The Actor Book Description :

The actress and teacher guides actors in developing their art, covering such aspects as voice techniques, timing, rhythm, and including exercises to correct problems

Sanford Meisner on Acting Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Sanford Meisner on Acting

  • Author : Sanford Meisner
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-11-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307830630

Sanford Meisner on Acting Book Description :

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

Audition Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings


  • Author : Michael Shurtleff
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2009-05-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0802719023

Audition Book Description :

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 place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.

Acting with Awareness  Respect for Others Book

Acting with Awareness Respect for Others

  • Author : Lisa Idzikowski
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Release Date : 2019-12-15
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : 9781725306530

Acting with Awareness Respect for Others Book Description :

Think before you act is common and useful advice that we don't always follow. In order to learn more about other people, we need to be sure we don't jump to conclusions before they've had their chance to finish speaking. Readers will learn that respect for others goes beyond face-to-face situations. People need to have respect for others even if they're not around. Respect for others falls under the broader social and emotional learning category of social awareness. Respectful people can think about situations from other people's perspectives and empathize with them. Give your readers empowering and friendly instruction on becoming a respectful person with an awareness for others.

Life and Acting Book

Life and Acting

  • Author : Jack Garfein
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9780810126732

Life and Acting Book Description :

"Jack Garfein's book is a touching reminder of our early attempts at creating theater without artifice. It is good to know that he is still working hard at it."---Ben Gazzara Having arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein would soon rise to the top of his field as a teacher and practitioner. He has worked with a who's who of twentieth-century acting, especially those associated with the Actors Studio, the West Coast branch of which he founded. Life and Acting is the product of more than sixty years in the worlds of theater and film, offering the kind of insight gained only through experience. Garfein distills his knowledge into a holistic learning technique. Beginning mostly with memoir, focusing on his own education in the theater and describing how his exposure to artists working in other media---particularly painters and writers---contributed to his understanding of acting, Garfein goes on to offer thirty-seven detailed lessons teaching acting techniques for the stage and applying his principles to acting in front of a camera. Life and Acting is an invaluable resource that belongs on the bookshelf of every actor and acting teacher.

The Technique of Acting Book

The Technique of Acting

  • Author : Stella Adler
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : PSU:000017974042

The Technique of Acting Book Description :

A disciple of Konstantin Stanislavski and a member of the Group Theatre in the 1930s, the noted actress and teacher offers advice on acting preparations, the demands of characterization, and dramatic exercises, as well as personal memories

A Practical Handbook for the Actor Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A Practical Handbook for the Actor

  • Author : Melissa Bruder
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-04-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307499134

A Practical Handbook for the Actor Book Description :

This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book. From the Trade Paperback edition.

True and False Book
Score: 1.5
From 2 Ratings

True and False

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

True and False Book Description :

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.

The Intent to Live Book

The Intent to Live

  • Author : Larry Moss
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2005-12
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553381207

The Intent to Live Book Description :

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.

Actions Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings


  • Author : Marina Caldarone
  • Publisher : Nick Hern Books
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 158
  • ISBN 10 : 1854596748

Actions Book Description :

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way.

On Method Acting Book

On Method Acting

  • Author : Edward Dwight
  • Publisher : Ivy Books
  • Release Date : 2012-07-11
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307823779

On Method Acting Book Description :

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.

Backwards and Forwards Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Backwards and Forwards

  • Author : David Ball
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • Release Date : 1983
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 0809311100

Backwards and Forwards Book Description :

Explains how plays are structured, looks at theatrical exposition, theme, and images, and shows how to analyze a play and understand its production

The Power of the Actor Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Power of the Actor

  • Author : Ivana Chubbuck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-08-18
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN 10 : 1592401538

The Power of the Actor Book Description :

A Hollywood coach introduces a twelve-part acting method that has been utilized by some of today's top stars and draws on the traditions of performance masters, sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes while explaining how to apply her techniques to create genuine characters, disseminate scripts, and audition effectively. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Stella Adler Book

Stella Adler

  • Author : Howard Kissel
  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Release Date : 2000-11-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617746192

Stella Adler Book Description :


How to Stop Acting Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

How to Stop Acting

  • Author : Harold Guskin
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2003-06-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466801660

How to Stop Acting Book Description :

"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.

To Act Is To Do Book

To Act Is To Do

  • Author : Richard Alan Nichols
  • Publisher : 39 West Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9781946358066

To Act Is To Do Book Description :

To Act Is To Do by Richard Alan Nichols, who studied as a scholarship student for five years with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York, is the ultimate guide for both actors and teachers. In six informative and interactive class sessions, Nichols details twenty exercises designed to solve most acting problems that arise while working on plays. Also included are eighteen evaluations of work (scenes, monologues, and Hagen exercises) presented by Nichols' students, with each evaluation serving as a model for teachers to follow in order to assist actors in learning how to assess their own work in an honest way. This unique exploration—the personal journey of one actor’s lifelong quest to perfect his craft while in pursuit of becoming a player—will help all actors develop the discipline necessary to fine-tune their acting instruments and discover new behaviors in themselves.

Building a Character Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Building a Character

  • Author : Esther McCracken
  • Publisher : Abdul Press
  • Release Date : 2011-11
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 310
  • ISBN 10 : 1447439333

Building a Character Book Description :

Contained within this rare antiquarian book is a fascinating guide for actors pertaining to the craft of creating and becoming a character, written by the father of method acting: Konstantin Stanislavski. A truly amazing and insightful book on the naturalistic approach to acting, this is a book sure to have been read by many famous actors and constitutes a veritable must-have for aspiring and seasoned actors alike. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 1938) was a Russian actor and theatre director, famous for being the progenitor of the Stanislavski method. Stanislavski received the Order of Lenin in 1937, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1938, and People's Artist of the USSR in 1936 for his prolific contributions to the arts. Elected for republication due to its immense historical and educational value, this book originally published in 1950 is proudly republished here with a new introductory biography of the author."

Stanislavski and the Actor Book

Stanislavski and the Actor

  • Author : Jean Benedetti
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-12-04
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136758034

Stanislavski and the Actor Book Description :

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sources Book


  • Author : Uta Hagen
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-05-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 098618893X

Sources Book Description :

Uta Hagen, one of the great ladies of the American theatre has written a deeply personal memoir of her life, from her childhood in Germany to the present. Sources is Miss Hagen's lyrical account of the special ways love of nature is intertwined with love of art in her life, providing a rare glimpse of the off-stage life of an actress. Originally published in 1983, this book is republished in 2019 with a foreword by Uta's daughter, Leticia Ferrer, and her grand-daughter Teresa Teuscher to whom Uta dedicated the book.