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BOOKS ON ACTING AND ACTORS
Acting: The First Six Lessons
Richard Boleslavsky
Theatre Arts Books
Underneath their apparent simplicity and light-heartedness, the six lessons in this book are profound and to the point. Both beginners and established actors, who take their work seriously, will find stimulation in this book.

 
An Actor Prepares
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Theatre Arts Book
This legendary book came about after many productions with the Moscow Arts Company, Stanislavski sought a way to introduce his new style of acting to the world outside of his rehearsal hall. The resulting book is a "mock diary" of an actor describing a series of exercises and rehearsals in which he participates. The great teacher’s original texts remain his most invaluable, and surprisingly accessible, to any actor or student of drama.

Audition
Michael Shurtleff
Bantam
Shurtleff, who spent many years as a top casting director, leaves as his legacy this indispensable "How To" bible. This straightforward, practical handbook is a ‘must read’ for all serious students of acting, and covers every conceivable auditioning problem and gives sound advice about basic acting techniques.

Building a Character
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Theatre Arts Books
In this book, Stanislavski, assuming the reader's familiarity with the 'inner technique', and studys costume and the wearing of costume, bodily movement, voice, speech and the use of language, and tempo and rhythm- the more external but essential techniques whereby the actor learns to use his physical instrument. Anyone who attempts to train actors or to direct plays will find here a great mine of practical wisdom.

Callback
Ginger Howard Friedman
Limelight Editions
Ever made it through the initial audition only to blow it in the callback? This casting director and teacher helps you get through such terrifying aspects of auditions, such as cold readings. She then goes on to discuss planning strategies for callbacks and the use of creative visualization as a helpful tool.

Challenge For The Actor
Uta Hagen
Scribner
Uta Hagen's book is not only pitched on a high artistic level but also full of homely, practical information by a superb craftswoman. An illuminating discussion of the standards and techniques of enlightened stage acting.

Hollywood Irish: In Their Own Words : Illustrated Interviews With Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn and Patrick Bergin (Paperback)
Aine O'Connor (editor)
Roberts Rinehart Publishers
Illustrated with photographs from their personal albums and movie stills, a collection of interviews with six top actors of Irish descent--Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Aidan Quinn, Patrick Bergin--reveals their thoughts about their work, their lives, and their heritage.

How to Audition: For TV, Movies, Commercials, Plays, and Musicals
Gordon Hunt
Collins
Gordon Hunt has served as casting director for the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and has cast dozens of plays and musicals over the years. This book contains his down-to-earth advice, along with pertinent interviews with such luminaries as Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Clurman, Gower Champion and Richard Rodgers.

 
Loitering with Intent: The Child
Hyperion Books
Peter O’Toole
The Irish star of Lawrence of Arabia, Beckett and other films, O'Toole here offers a narrative of his upbringing in northern England during the '30s and '40s.

Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice
Peter O’Toole
This, the second volume of Peter O'Toole's memoirs, covers just three years of the actor's life, recounting O'Toole's years in the early 1950s at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he studied his craft, hobnobbed with fellow students and made rakish, footloose excursions around London.

Pictures In My Head
Gabriel Byrne
Interlink
Byrne is internationally known for his acting in numerous films, such as Into the West and Miller's Crossing, and for being the producer of the Oscar-nominated In the Name of the Father. Now he will be known as a writer of memoirs as well. His book begins as the story of his boyhood in 1950s Dublin, with vivid descriptions of his home, the pubs, and the streets, as well as of his stint as a novice at a seminary in Wales. He also writes of his first love, his beginnings as an actor in Dublin's vibrant theater scene, and the birth of his two children. In each chapter, Byrne's voice comes across like the voiceover in a film. His descriptions of Hollywood, of a big-budget production in Eastern Europe, and of his return to Ireland for a break are particularly engaging. Byrne has many stories to tell, and his readers will hope for more in the near future. This absorbing autobiography is recommended for both public and academic libraries. Lisa N. Johnston, Sweet Briar.

Sanford Meisner on Acting
Sanford Meisner, Dennis Longwell, and Sydney Pollack
Vintage
This book gives an insight into what techniques the hugely influential drama teacher used in his 50-plus years of work. One of the founding members of the Actors Studio, Meisner developed his own special lessons based upon his understandings of the great Russian teacher Stanislavsky. With an introduction by director Sydney Pollack, one of the many influential artists who studied with Meisner (the book includes accolades from Maureen Stapleton, Arthur Miller, Gregory Peck, and Eli Wallach), this is an excellent introduction that helps to demystify the work of a great theatrical teacher.

The Audition Process
Stuart Edward Dunkel
Pendragon Pr
This book, subtitled "Audition Management and Coping Strategies, helps performers deal with the psychological aspects of auditioning, going well beyond the old "imagine-them-in-their-underwear" ploy.

 
VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor
Harlan Hogan
Allworth Press
One of the America’s top voice-over talents shares his secrets to success in this insider’s guide to the voice-over industry. This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who longs to make money speaking into a microphone will cherish this informative, insightful, and often hilarious glimpse at the business.



 
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