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

The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: William Esper & Damon DiMarco
Foreword by: David Mamet
Publisher: Anchor Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 286
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 030727926X
ISBN-13: 9780307279262

About the Book:

A master teacher gives actors everywhere the benefit of his vast experience, helping you to build up a solid foundation of skills you can use to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

William Esper, one of the most accomplished and recognized acting teachers in the United States, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor.

William Esper worked closely with Sanford Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. Finally he has put to paper the basic principles that have guided so many young actors. 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 may face in the course of a career — whether Shakespeare or Stoppard, the stage or the Internet. The aim is to build a well-structured foundation that can handle any style, situation, or format.

Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of William Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In The Actor's Art and Craft the authors successfully put the reader through the class as well, allowing you 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.

What people say:

"I've spent my life working with actors. To do so one needs but a few, essential tools, the mastery of which is the challenging work of a lifetime: be patient, be precise, be terse, encourage, suggest, praise, listen. I was first exposed to these tools through the example of Bill Esper, and I am very grateful." — David Mamet, from the foreword to The Actor’s Art and Craft

"It's the best book on the craft of acting that I have ever read." — Mary Steenburgen, Academy Award Winner

"The book serves as an amazing tool and resource without being dogmatic or hampering." — Back Stage

About the Authors:

William Esper (1932-2019) was a legendary acting teacher and Sanford Meisner disciple. He founded the William Esper Studio devoted to the Sanford Meisner method in 1965 and has trained a large number of accomplished professional actors who are active in Film, Television and Theatre. All the work at the Studio is based on his 17-year association with Sanford Meisner, with whom he worked in close collaboration as both a teacher and director. He worked extensively Off-Broadway and regionally and was a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater in New York.

Damon DiMarco earned his M.A. 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.

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