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Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide

Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide
Your Price: $20.95 CDN
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Author: Joanna Merlin
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 0375725377
ISBN-13: 9780375725371

About the Book:

Theatre veteran and acting teacher Joanna Merlin has written the definitive guide to auditioning for stage and screen, bringing to it a valuable dual perspective. She has spent her career on both sides of the audition table, both as an award-winning casting director who has worked with Harold Prince, Bernard Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and as an accomplished actor herself. Her Broadway credits include Becket opposite Laurence Olivier, and Fiddler on the Roof, in which she created the role of Tzeitel, the eldest daughter. Films include Sarah's Key, The Wackness, Invasion, City of Angels, Class Action, Mystic Pizza, Fame, The Killing Fields, and The Ten Commandments. TV credits include Homeland, The Good Wife, and a recurring part in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as Judge Lena Petrovsky.

Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide is a highly informative and accessible book that provides everything you need to achieve self-confidence and artistic honesty – from the most basic practical tips to an in-depth framework for preparing a part. What Joanna Merlin does best is address the many ways in which actors sabotage themselves and the many things they can do to harness their personal power to deliver the best audition possible. The advice given by Joanna Merlin is technical and easy to apply, and the book offers detailed steps for breaking down a scene and "applying actable choices." Filled with advice from the most esteemed people in the business, such as James Lapine, Nora Ephron, and Stephen Sondheim, and charged with tremendous wisdom and compassion, this indispensable resource is uplifting and demystifies the sometimes scary process of auditioning.

What people say:

"Joanna Merlin [is] one of the top casting directors in the country and a formidable actress…. Her compassion and understanding toward actors is matched by her sensitivity and generosity in teaching this unusual craft." — Kevin Kline

About the Author:

Joanna Merlin is a faculty member at New York University's Graduate Acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts. She is an actor, teacher and former casting director for Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Bernardo Bertolucci, and James Ivory, and is the recipient of two Casting Society of American Artios Awards for Into the Woods and The Last Emperor. She cast the original Broadway productions of Sondheim’s Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Evita, Candide, and On the Twentieth Century.