Publisher's Outlet Store! ****** 70% OFF Every Book! ****** All new closeouts and remainders!

The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Regular price
$16.95
Sale price
$16.95
Regular price
$16.95
Sold out
Unit price
per 
Shipping calculated at checkout.

Author: Esper, William

Brand: Anchor

Color: Black

Edition: 1

Features:

  • Anchor Books

Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 08-04-2008

Details: Product Description 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. Review "Utterly inspirational. . . . The best book on the craft of acting that I have ever read." --Mary Steenburgen "As far as I'm concerned, there is only way to learn the craft of acting, and that is through the Meisner technique. And there is only one person to learn that technique from, and that is William Esper." --Patricia Heaton "The essence of this book is like William Esper himself: kind/clear, caring/generous, passionate/graceful, brilliant/profound. Inspiring. Invaluable." --Jeff Goldblum "A veritable magnum opus on acting from a Master Teacher." --Olympia Dukakis "Working with Bill Esper was an inspiring and unforgettable experience. . . . Every serious actor who dreams of becoming a first-rate artist must read this book!" --Calista Flockhart About the Author William Esper is a graduate of Western Reserve University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Bill trained as both actor and teacher under Sanford Meisner. Bill and Sandy worked closely together for 17 years, during which time Bill served as Associate Director of the Playhouses's Acting Department (1973-1976). Bill founded the William Esper Studio in 1965 and the Professional Actor Training Program at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1977. These two schools are renowned for routinely contributing actors of the highest quality to the International stage and screen. Damon DiMarco earned his MFA from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under Bill Esper's tutelage. He has acted professionally on stage, screen, and TV and currently teaches acting and directing at Drew University. Damon's other books include, Tower Stories: an Oral History of 9/11; Out of Bounds (with Roy Simmons); and Heart of War: Soldiers' Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. ONEBEGIN AGAIN--EMPTY YOUR CUP"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it."--Alexander DumasSixteen students wait for Bill to arrive, eight men and eight women. These actors have been carefully selected for their talent, potential, and seriousness of purpose. They come from across the United States and around the world. Some have long resumes stocked with impressive credits; some have acted only in small theaters. Many have studied with various teachers who have espoused different approaches to the craft of acting. Each actor seems to possess talent. In their admission interviews, however, each disclosed unique problems--issues and obstacles that have blocked them from fully realizing their talent.Everyone smiles in a nervous but genuine way. Introductions are made here and there. We wait.The room's walls are painted neutral gray. There are no windows and only one door. The class is seated in chairs on low risers stacked against the room's southern end, facing this door across an open space. The risers form the students' gallery. B

UPC: 884887250518

EAN: 8601234570691

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew