Letters to a Young Actor

Letters to a Young Actor

by Robert Brustein


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The founder and director of the Yale Repertory Theater, as well as Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and a drama critic for more than thirty years, Robert Brustein is a living legend in theatrical circles. Letters to a Young Actor not only inspires the multitudes of struggling dramatists out pounding the pavement, but also reinvigorates the very state of the art of acting itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465008148
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/26/2007
Series: Art of Mentoring (Paper) Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 10.00(d)

About the Author

An Ivy League-pedigreed teacher, actor, director, playwright, critic, and lifelong supporter of the theater, Robert Brustein has taught countless current stage and screen superstars, supervised well over 200 theatrical productions. His thirteen books used as texts for theater classes the world over.

Table of Contents

Prologue     1
Starting Out
Inching into the Profession     4
The Pleasures of Imitation     1
An Actor's Calling     13
The Anti-Theatrical Prejudice     20
Getting There
How to Act in College     26
The Case for Advanced Training     31
How to Act in Drama School     38
Into the "Real World"     45
When Worlds Collide     50
Looking for Work     54
Being There
Some Exemplary Careers     60
The Transforming Actor     77
The Actor's Intelligence     85
Film Versus Theatre     89
The Repertory Ideal     95
Working There
Actors and Management     104
Actors and Audiences     115
Actors and Directors     123
Actors and Auteurs     136
Actors and Playwrights     146
Actors and Designers     158
Actors and Coaches     170
Actors and Critics     184
Ephemeris, Ephemeris     207
Epilogue     213
Acknowledgments     215
About the Author     217
Index     219

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Bruce Whitacre

Bruce Whitacre,National Corporate Theater Fund Executive Director
All you have to do is speak to anyone whose life was affected by Bob Brustein and you know he is one of theater's greatest cauldrons of talent.

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