The Actor's Art and Craft

William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

By William Esper; Damon DiMarco; David Mamet (Foreword by)
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307279262, 286pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2008

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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.

About the Author
Damon DiMarco is the author of Tower Stories: The Autobiography of September 11th, 2001 (Revolution Publishing, 2004). Mr. DiMarco is currently on the teaching staff at Drew University. He lives in New York City.David Mamet 's "Glengarry Glen Ross" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1984. He is also the author of "Writing in Restaurants" and "On Directing Film", both available from Penguin.
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