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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: William Esper & Damon DiMarco
Foreword by: David Mamet
Introduction by: Patricia Heaton
Publisher: Anchor Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 278
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0345805682
ISBN-13: 9780345805683
About the Book:

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper's first book, The Actor's Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper's second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper's training builds on Sanford Meisner's legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

What people say:

"Anyone serious about acting ought to read this excellent book and then run to New York to study with Bill. He is the real deal - insightful, generous, uncompromising, and endlessly inspiring." - Stephen Adly Guirgis, actor, playwright, artistic co-director of LAByrinth Theater Company

"Simple, straightforward, inspiring and invaluable... This book reminds me of how incredibly fortunate I was to have been taught by Bill Esper." - Timothy Olyphant, Emmy and SAG Award winner

"Bill Esper's training gave me many precious gifts... He is a master teacher and I use what I learned with him every single time I work. I will be forever grateful." - Christine Lahti, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Academy Award-winning director

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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