A Practical Handbook for the Actor

A Practical Handbook for the Actor


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This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, actor W. H. Macy, and director Gregory Mosher. A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools. An actor's job, the authors state, is to "find a way to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the play." The ways in which an actor can attain that truth form the substance of this eloquent book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394744124
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1986
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 96,970
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.16(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Melissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previto, and Scott Zigler are actors who worked with David Mamet and W. H. Macy at New York University and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Members of the Practical Aesthetics Workshop, they helped found the Atlantic Theatre Company with Mamet and Macy in 1985.

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Practical Handbook for the Actor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly Unbelieveable. This book is the best book I have read for and about Acting. It always came highly reccommended from my instructors, and I see why. After reading it for the 4th time 'the tools are that useful and reliable' I use this book as my handy,reference guide, its clear, concise and to the point. You won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over the summer because acting is the profession I am going into, and I was blown away by how simple and superb this book was! Every technique was thoroughly explained and detailed, and the steps are useful and do-able! I loved this book and I am going to read it over and over again!