Actors & Acting
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Acting as an art, and as a profession, has long since fascinated many.
Over the years, techniques, methods and styles have been formulated
by the likes of Stanislavski, Strasberg, and Mamet, each with their
own particular view on acting. Many of these legendary theatre artists
have created accessible, helpful books that not only help demystify
the craft, but also offer insight into their particular process.
This section has a wealth of titles, ranging from technical handbooks,
to intimate memoirs. An enthralling subject, these titles are sure
Lessons: The Craft of Acting
In his introduction, the author stresses that this in not a how-to book,
but rather a series of 100 lessons. If you're new to acting, they
should provide a solid foundation on which you can build your acting
life; if you've been acting a while, these lessons will confirm what
you already know deep within you, but perhaps haven't yet voiced.
Softcover, 199 pp. $25.95.
Actors At Work
Rosemary Tichler & Barry Jay Kaplan
With a nod to The Paris Review's Writers at Work model, Actors
at Work looks at the ways in which some of our most respected stage and film
actors approach their calling. Rosemary Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan explore
these performers' influences, their idols and insecurities, their paths to work
and success, the uses of training, and the art of acting itself. Softcover, 369
Elly A. Konijn
Acting Emotions utilizes contemporary research from the field of emotional psychology
and examines such issues as a double consciousness, presence, and the illusion
of spontaneity - the very essences of theatrical performance. Softcover, 209
Vox Method: The Acting Process
W. Steven Lecky
An exciting training program for actors that is rooted solidly in technique, with the aim of providing actors with ultimate artistic liberty. A comprehensive 15-step training plan, including DVD, the Vox Method demystifies the craft of acting - making it more accessible, comprehensible and concrete. Softcover, 399 pp. $50.00.
Vox Method: Training the Voice
W. Steven Lecky
Montreal based voice trainer W. Steven Lecky presents an approach to training that offers concrete technique and real tools that can be objectively assessed, corrected and drilled. Comes w/ DVD. Softcover, 255 pp. $44.95.
The Second City Almanac of Improvisation
In The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, Anne Libera collects
the diverse ideas, viewpoints, and memories of a vast array of teachers, actors,
and directors who all got their start at the legendary comedy theatre. Libera
puts each essay in context to give readers an understanding of how The Second
City method of improv-based comedy has become the industry standard. Softcover,
196 pp. $37.50.
A revealing behind-the-scenes portrait of the award-winning TV show Inside
the Actor's Studio and
its creator and host, James Lipton. Softcover, 492 pp. $16.50.
How to Act & Eat at the Same Time: The Sequel
The Do's and Don'ts of Landing a Professional Acting Job
In this very humorous and greatly expanded version of Tom Logan's
of the same name, The Sequel continues to demystify agents and the audition
process. Breaking down the "Do's and Don'ts" into highly readable anecdotes
filled with important information, How to Act & Eat at the Same Time will
let the reader know how directors choose their actors and how the actor is seen
the 'other side' of the table. Softcover, 260 pp. $14.99.
Acting: Working in the Theatre
Robert Emmet Long
For the first time in the thirty-year history of the Working in the Theatre seminars,
this volume gathers the insights of more than 100 great performers. Here is a
book for students, actors, and others in the profession, as well as anyone with
a passion for the theatre. The humor, art, grace, and dedication conveyed by
these artists transform lives every night. Now, they speak directly to us about
what it is really like to be working in the theatre. Softcover, 174 pp. $18.95.
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