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An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor

An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor
Your Price: $21.00 CDN
Author: Seth Barrish
Foreword by: Anne Hathaway
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 188
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 1559367962
ISBN-13: 97815596367967

About the Book:

If you're an actor, whether you're a seasoned professional or in the middle of training, this book is for you. Seth Barrish has been a professional acting coach and teacher for more than 30 years. An award-winning actor, director, and Artistic Director, he has spent the last three decades focusing on techniques that maximize spontaneity and bring performances to life. His book An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor is simple, direct, and useful.

The book contains a collection of exercises, tips, tools and tricks that are all designed to be used on the job in both rehearsal and performance. Each is designed to do the following:
• Encourage spontaneity
• Foster entertaining, human, and compelling behaviour
• Help you to become more sensitive, imaginative, responsive, and alive onstage
• Relax you
• Change your work effortlessly and invisibly (so the audience won't detect any effort on your part and therefore will feel like they are watching a real person rather than an actor “working”)
• Bring more freedom to your work

What people say:

"There is a muscularity, not to mention wisdom and truth, to Seth's techniques. He is a wonderful teacher, and I know that having him as my first guide is one of the luckiest things to have happened to me in my career and life." — Anne Hathaway, from her foreword

"This book is truly unlike anything else I know—these pieces are haikus on specific elements of performance and character building." — Philip Himberg, Executive Director, Sundance Theatre Institute

"Seth Barrish has coached me on almost every TV project, film or audition I've done since we met ten years ago. When it comes to wisdom about acting, there's no one I hold in higher regard." — Mike Birbiglia, comedian/director/actor

About the Author:

Seth Barrish is an American actor, director, writer, professional acting coach, and musician. He regularly appears in film and television and is author of the book, An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor. His clients include Anne Hathaway, Mike Birbiglia, Tony Hale, and Michael Stahl David, among others. In 1986, he co-founded The Barrow Group, a theatre company and acting school which has left an indelible mark on the New York theater scene, garnering accolades and praise for its high level of acting integrity.