Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307830630
Release Date: 2012-11-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

Sanford Meisner on Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780394750590
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Performing Arts

Taking readers step-by-step through the most basic acting exercises to critiques of performances in scenes from contemporary American plays, this volume follows a class of eight at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where Meisner has taught for fifty years

Sanford Meisner On Acting

Author: Sanford Meisner
Publisher: Turtleback Books
ISBN: 1417711256
Release Date: 1987-07-01
Genre: Performing Arts

Taking readers step-by-step through the most basic acting exercises to critiques of performances in scenes from contemporary American plays, this volume follows a class of eight at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where Meisner has taught for fifty years

The Actor s Art and Craft

Author: William Esper
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 030748114X
Release Date: 2008-12-10
Genre: Performing Arts

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Sanford Meisner Approach

Author: Larry Silverberg
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
ISBN: IND:30000056346566
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Performing Arts

"..we will have the most vital experience of avoiding the traps and clichés of performing preconceived notion of the character." MIDWEST"Silverberg's writing is concise and insightful throughout and makes the technique accessible to any commited student." LIBRARY JOURNAL Larry Silverberg, author of the revolutionary four book series The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor's Workbook now brings to you Workbook Three: Tackling the Text. In this exciting next step of the Meisner technique, Silverberg guides you through a specific and step-by-step method of bringing a vivid authenticity to the roles you play. As you work through the lessons in script-work, you will have the experience of easily avoiding the traps and cliches of performing preconceived notions of the character and learn how to carve out your own unique path of discovery from the greater possibilities the script holds within it. LARRY SILVERBERG is founder and Artistic Director of the Belltown Theatre Center in Seattle, WA. He is also on staff at the University of Washington where he teaches Master Classes in the Meisner Work, while continuing his own acting career. Larry is a past winner of the Warner Bros. Filmmaker of the Year Award for his film, Flight in Masquerade, and has also been busy directing for the stage. Larry is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City where he studied with master acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.

Meisner in Practice

Author: Nick Moseley
Publisher:
ISBN: 1848420870
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Performing Arts

This book offers actors a step-by-step introduction to the salient features of the Meisner Technique and puts these to the test through a succession of practical exercises. The aim is to take the reader through the various stages of Meisner training, including addressing certain pitfalls and problems which the author has encountered in his own teaching.

The Actor s Guide to Creating a Character

Author: William Esper
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780345805690
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Performing Arts

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.

On Method Acting

Author: Edward Dwight
Publisher: Ivy Books
ISBN: 9780307823779
Release Date: 2012-07-11
Genre: Reference

Practiced by such actors of stature as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, and Ellen Burstyn (not to mention the late James Dean) the Method offers a practical application of the renowned Stanislavsky technique. On Method Acting demystifies the "mysteries" of Method acting -- breaking down the various steps into clear and simple terms, including chapters on: Sense Memory -- the most vital component of Method acting Improvisation -- without it, the most integral part of the Method is lost Animal Exercises -- just one way to combat the mental blocks that prevent actors from grasping a character Creating The Outer Character -- so actors can give the freshness of originality to a role while at the same time living the life of the character On Method Acting is also an indispensable volume for directors, designers, lighting technicians, and anyone in the dramatic arts interested in creating a believable and realistic effect in their productions.

Meisner For Teens

Author: Larry Silverberg
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 1575256169
Release Date: 2010-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

The long-anticipated teen guide to the Meisner technique by Larry Silverberg, leading Meisner Technique author and teacherSELLING POINTSMeisner for Teens, the first book devoted to exploring the Meisner Approach with teens, includes:- Individual and group exercises- Journal prompts- Writing, listening, and observing assignments- Thoughtful, inspiring quotes throughout- Perfect material to incorporate into High School Drama classes- Excellent text for Introduction to Acting college-level courses- Relates the craft of acting to the truths of lifeBOOK SYNOPSISLarry Silverberg, the author who introduced the Meisner Technique to actors through his acclaimed four-volumeworkbook series, has now written a Meisner guidebook for young actors. A perfect text for high school drama teachers,Silverberg provides clear and easy to understand instruction to guide young actors toward simple, meaningful, authenticand passionately alive ways of working. He speaks directly to the teenage actors, guiding them step-by-step through thedemanding and thrilling exercises of the Meisner Approach.In this workbook and acting journal wrapped in one, students keep a journal in which they define their desires and refine their skills of observation: learning to listen carefully to other people and pay keener attention to their own responses. Through dialogue work in pairs, young actors learn to engage immediately and directly with their partners.True acting develops through this increased sensitivity and fearless response to others.Meisner for Teens: A Life of True Acting, based on Silverberg¿s highly praised workshops for teens, will help teenactors to free themselves from self-consciousness and the pressures of performance to achieve truth on the stage¿andin life.LARRY SILVERBERG, director of the True Acting Institute, is an actor, acting teacher, and author of many books on acting. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied with legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the Meisner Technique. He has written an internationally acclaimed four-volume series on the Meisner Technique called The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actors Workbook. Silverberg teaches acting in his world-renowned professional actors training program, The Meisner Intensive Training Program, which he holds at universities, colleges, and acting studios around the world. He is also the founder of the True Acting Institute Association and is on the teaching faculties of The International Institute of the Performing Arts in Paris and European Act.

Acting

Author: Terry Schreiber
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781581159509
Release Date: 2012-03-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Honed by the author's 35 years of teaching, this advanced book offers different warm-up exercises concentrating on the actor's sense of smell, sound, sight, and touch; sensory tools for conveying the climate and environment of the text; tips for suggesting a character's physical conditions; and much more. Individual exercises will help actors to free the voice and body, create a character, find the action and condition of scenes, and explore the subconscious for effective emotional recall. Readers will also find meticulous guidelines for best using rehearsal time and preparing for in-class scene work. The foreword is written by two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton. Those who act, direct, or teach will not want to miss the acting lessons that have made T. Schreiber Studio a premier actor training program.

Book on Acting

Author: Stephen Book
Publisher:
ISBN: 1879505606
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Performing Arts

Stephen Book is a top Hollywood acting coach and teacher and a theatre director. His students have won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Obies, and Grammys. Thirteen of his present or former students are featured in either starring roles or as cast regulars in the current primetime television schedule. This book contains film and television scenes in which Book-coached actors, used his Improvisation Technique to create their performances. These scenes, showing the actors' performance choices, demonstrate the use of Improvisation Technique in different genres of acting. Well-known theatre and film scenes are included, as well as scenes from such TV shows as 'Frasier', 'Melrose Place', 'Star Trek: Voyager', 'LA Law' and 'The Practice'.

Stanislavsky in Focus

Author: Sharon Marie Carnicke
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415774963
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts

Stanislavsky in Focus brilliantly examines the history and actual premises of Stanislavsky's 'System', separating myth from fact with forensic skill. The first edition of this now classic study showed conclusively how the 'System' was gradually transformed into the Method, popularised in the 1950s by Lee Strasberg and the Actor's Studio. It looked at the gap between the original Russian texts and what most English-speaking practitioners still imagine to be Stanislavsky's ideas. This thoroughly revised new edition also delves even deeper into: the mythical depiction of Stanislavsky as a tyrannical director and teacher yoga, the mind-body-spirit continuum and its role in the 'System' how Stanislavsky used subtexts to hide many of his ideas from Soviet censors. The text has been updated to address all of the relevant scholarship, particularly in Russia, since the first edition was published. It also features an expanded glossary on the System's terminology and its historical exercises, as well as more on the political context of Stanislavsky's work, its links with cognitive science, and the System's relation to contemporary developments in actor-training. It will be a vital part of every practitioner's and historian's library.

The Technique of Acting

Author: Stella Adler
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553349325
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Performing Arts

A disciple of Konstantin Stanislavski and a member of the Group Theatre in the 1930s, the noted actress and teacher offers advice on acting preparations, the demands of characterization, and dramatic exercises, as well as personal memories

The Power of the Actor

Author: Ivana Chubbuck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440649960
Release Date: 2005-08-18
Genre: Performing Arts

In The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most successful acting careers in Hollywood. The first book from the instructor who has taught Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Elisabeth Shue, Djimon Hounsou, and Halle Berry, The Power of the Actor guides you to dynamic and effective results. For many of today’s major talents, the Chubbuck Technique is the leading edge of acting for the twenty-first century. Ivana Chubbuck has developed a curriculum that takes the theories of the acting masters, such as Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen, to the next step by utilizing inner pain and emotions, not as an end in itself, but rather as a way to drive and win a goal. In addition to the powerful twelve-step process, the book takes well-known scripts, both classic and contemporary, and demonstrates how to precisely apply Chubbuck’s script-analysis process. The Power of the Actor is filled with fascinating and inspiring behind-the-scenes accounts of how noted actors have mastered their craft and have accomplished success in such a difficult and competitive field.

The Art of Acting

Author: Stella Adler
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1557833737
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Performing Arts

Drawing on an archive of notebooks, transcriptions, and audiotapes, the lessons and insights Stella Adler brought to the craft of acting are presented.