“Bill Esper’s training gave me many precious gifts. . . . He is a master teacher and I use what I learned with him every single time I work. I will be forever grateful.”
— Christine Lahti, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, Academy Award-winning director
“Reading this book brought me back to Bill’s classroom. His vast experience and joy of the craft resonate on every page. Studying with Bill was an amazing time of discovery.”
— Gretchen Mol, Boardwalk Empire, Mozart in the Jungle, Life on Mars
“My time studying with Bill Esper left me feeling like a completely trained actor and a more honest, grounded person. Training and studying with him has informed all the stand-up, acting and writing I do. I am forever grateful.”
— Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
The Actor’s Art and Craft followed Damon’s audit of a class going through first year training at Esper Studio. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character follows the same class as they advance through their second and final year of training.
Second year work builds on principles learned in the first year and introduces powerful, specific techniques for marrying a character’s essence to that of the actor playing it. The book focuses on how these techniques are essential to playing the greatest roles in both the modern and classical canon, from Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and August Wilson to Shakespeare, Strindberg, Sophocles, Moliere, and many more.
The material addresses necessary adaptations the actor must make to perform in the diverse mediums of stage, screen, and television.