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An Actor's Craft

An Actor's Craft
Your Price: $46.99 CDN
Author: David Krasner
Publisher: Red Globe Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 216
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0230275532
ISBN-13: 9780230275539

About the Book:

An Actor's Craft is a handbook for acting students that provides critical approaches and guidance.

This inspirational guide for advanced acting students brings together multiple ways of creating excellence in performance. Speaking passionately about the art of acting, David Krasner illuminates the multifaceted job of an actor. Combining technique with personal examples, he demonstrates how to achieve excellence in performance, how to recognize quality acting, and how to use the technique of acting in an advanced way.

An Actor's Craft provides tried and tested exercises, a history of actor training and explores the complex relationships between acting theories and teachers. Drawing on examples from his personal experience as an actor, director and teacher, David Krasner begins with the building blocks of mind, body and voice, moving through emotional triggers and improvisation, to a final section bringing these techniques together when approaching a role. Each chapter contains accompanying exercises that the actor should practice daily.

Combining theory and practice, this thought-provoking and challenging study of acting techniques and theories is for actors who have grasped the basics and now want to develop their knowledge and training further.

What people say:

"Experienced in a whole host of techniques and processes, Krasner leads the reader on a path of discovery through the world of actor training and back to its origins... Overall An Actor's Craft is a must read for anyone exploring Stanislavski's ideas on psychophysical acting, or those with a keen interest in Method Acting or the development of its concepts." — Theatre Topics, a peer-reviewed academic journal

"...once I started David Krasner's book, I couldn't put it down. Like Krasner's teaching, there is a well thought out clarity that is easily accessible to actors and teachers." — Milton Justice, whose students include Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Bacon, Chris Carmack, Sean Astin, Kyra Sedgwick, Benecio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Kathy Bates, and Patrick Stewart – to name a few.

"An Actor's Craft is a clear-eyed, practical, and inspiring look at what it takes to excel at performance. The acting theory that Krasner details here is essential reading for students, enthusiasts, and professional practitioners. I apply many of the techniques and ideas I've learned from Krasner – such as the Six Basic Actions – in my own rehearsal room." — Alex Timbers, two-time Tony-nominated writer and director

About the Author:

David Krasner is a well-respected and experienced US teacher and scholar of acting. He has been an actor, director, theatre historian and teacher for more than 40 years. Not surprisingly, many of his past students have also gone on to win Obie and Tony Awards.