The Actor's Guide to Creating A Character

The Actor's Guide to Creating A Character

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
"Celebrated acting teacher Bill Esper's step-by-step approach to the central problem in acting -- learning to play a character -- as taught in the second year of his acting class"--

& Taylor

A celebrated acting teacher provides a step-by-step explanation of his approach to creating and playing a character.

Publisher: New York :, Anchor books,, 2014
Description: xix, 282 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780345805683
Branch Call Number: 792.028 Esp
Additional Contributors: DiMarco, Damon.


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