Tentatively titled The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, the book picks up where The Actor’s Art & Craft left off, and follows the same class of actors through their second year of work at the William Esper Studio.
The second year work applies the core principles students learned in their first year to the challenges of character acting. How does the actor truthfully play a character whose temperament and persona are polar opposites of his own? How can these techniques Read more…
Dino Audino Editore specializes in titles pertaining to the performing arts, cinema, theater, television, and other media. Among others, the firm publishes the work of Christopher Vogler, Lajos Egri, Lee Strasberg, and Sanford Meisner.
Each year, the Web of Life Foundation sponsors an essay contest looking for the best non-technical English language writing on themes related to socio-environmental issues. Damon’s essay Brown is Just as Important as Green was just awarded the Overall First Place Winner for 2012’s contest.
WOLFoundation is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging dialog and fresh thinking on subjects related to socio-environmental questions.
Blacksmith Institute’s Pollution Stories blog brings you real stories about how toxic pollution affects men, women, and children living in some of the world’s worst polluted places.
These stories put a face on the issue of pollution – one of the biggest, yet most underreported global problems with over 100 million people at risk.
Click here to learn about Damon’s recent trip to Indonesia and see video of a quiet town he visited south of Jakarta where children play each day on a field whose lead content is 125 times higher than the maximum limit set by the World Health Organization. Read more…
In 2005 and 2006, Damon conducted interviews with U.S. veterans of the War in Iraq to write a book that eventually became Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. Using these interviews as source material, he later wrote Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.
Over the course of several drafts, Read more…
Why post something that happened three years ago?
In the first place, we never saw this before.
In the second place, actor Garrett Hendricks helped develop “Shock & Awe.” He’s a friend and an excellent artist, and you’ll like what he does with this role.
Thirdly, and most important by far: the problems faced by U.S. veterans returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to weigh heavily on the American spirit.
And what’s being done about it? Not nearly enough. Read more…
For Spring semester 2013, Damon returns to teach writing for public intellectuals in the program he initiated last year for PhD students in History and Culture at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
From the Caspersen School’s course catalog:
HC 806 001 Writing as a Public Intellectual
Prof. Damon DiMarco
A distinguishing component of a doctorate in history and culture is public engagement. This writing workshop Read more…
I’ve been asked this question three times in the past two weeks.
“Why do you use a blue pen when you edit your galleys? It’s supposed to be red ink, right?”
No. Not traditionally. Three reasons.
- First, red pens are a cliche and writers try to avoid cliches.
- Second, red pens conjure the image of hard-nosed grammar teachers (or at least they do for me).
I respect grammar though proper grammar and good writing are hardly synonymous. They don’t always take each other to the dance. It allÂ depends on which band is playing.
- But the third and most important reason for not using red ink is Read more…
What do a dropped book, a freshman in college, and Tiananmen Square have to do with one another?
Evidently, quite a bit.
These elements and many more began an unlikely synchonicity when University of Rochester freshman Se Hoon Kim saw a clerk drop a copy of “My Two Chinas” at a local Barnes and Noble.
For the full storyÂ click here.
The first book
Damon wrote The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique with his mentor and long-time friend, Bill Esper. The book quickly gained prominence as a work to rival Sanford Meisner’s On Acting, Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, or Stella Adler’sÂ The Art of Acting.
Backstage Magazine called Art and Craft: “a fantastic, long overdue exploration of actor training . . . there is so much pure sincerity and wisdom in Esper’s approach.”
Show Business Weekly called it:Â “A must-read for aspiring and established actors of all stripes.”
David Mamet, who wrote the book’s foreword said: Read more…