The Actor's Art and Craft by William Esper & Damon DiMarco

The Actor's Art and Craft

By William Esper & Damon DiMarco

  • Publication Date: 2008-04-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 34 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Truthful and specific

    By Mariel Chantal
    Great supplement to any actor’s training!
  • Simple and Specific

    By Pavel Shatu
    It is like a Bible for an actor. You will find a lot of answers, but only if you are the one who looks for it. For the rest, this book is amazingly written, so take a ride into some deepest caves of acting, where everything is simple and specific.
  • Great book

    By Freaks in bikinis
    Amazingly told