In her recent Backstage article “6 (More) Must-Read Books for Actors” (Feb. 27, 2015), veteran acting coach and all-around biz whiz Denise Simon says this about “The Actor’s Art & Craft,” Damon’s first book with acting teacher Bill Esper of The William Esper Studio:
“What makes this book superb is co-writer DiMarco’s addition to Esper’s work. A former student of Esper’s, DiMarco spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing readers to experience the progression of performance exercises in practices. If you are not familiar with [Sanford] Meisner’s work . . . include this to balance out your library.”
For years, Backstage has been the go-to trade magazine for the entertainment industry from the perspective of performers (singers, dancers, comedians, models, etc.), the performance unions (SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, AGVA, AGMA, the American Federation of Musicians, etc.), casting directors, agents, writers, directors, and, in particular, actors.
Covers for two of Damon’s books were released in January. The first was the cover for “The Brown Agenda,” Damon’s collaboration with Richard Fuller, Founder and President of Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth, the NGO that’s doing such incredible work fighting jaw-dropping instances of pollution all over the world. The book features a foreword by Bryan Walsh, senior environment editor for TIME Magazine, and the cover looks like this:
The second cover is for the German edition of “The Actor’s Art & Craft,” Damon’s first collaboration with Bill Esper. The book features the original foreword by David Mamet, plus a specific foreword for German readers. That cover looks like this:
Evidently, vast differences exist between the German and American-Meisner-based concepts of acting. For instance, as the foreword to the German edition points out, Germans often use a word that translates as “pretend-playing” where, in English, we use the word acting.
Please join Damon and Bill Esper at a book signing for their second collaboration, the forthcoming The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, on Thursday evening, 6 p.m. on April 10, 2014 at The Drama Book Shop at 250 W. 40th Street in Manhattan.
The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character features a foreword by Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, Patricia Heaton, an afterword by David Mamet, and advance praise from Timothy Olyphant, Christine Lahti, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gretchen Mol, and others.
Actors Space Berlin is the premiere center for Meisner-based training in Germany. The school has purchased trade paperback rights to “The Actor’s Art and Craft.” Click here to view Actors Space Berlin’s English language web page.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, essayist, director, executive producer, and arts theoretician will contribute a few final words to Damon’s second collaboration with Bill Esper, the forthcoming Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character.
The book also features a foreword by Emmy and SAG Award-winning actor, Patricia Heaton, as well as advance praise from Timothy Olyphant, Christine Lahti, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gretchen Mol, and others.
A new and very kind review from the website ActinginLondon.co.uk (“Your #1 Guide to Becoming a Working Actor in London, LA or NYC”) has named The Actor’s Art and Craft the first of “Five Books Every Actor Must Own.” Calling the book, “highly recommended,” the review calls The Actor’s Art and Craft:
“The best book there is right now on the subject of Meisner Technique. 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. Damon DiMarco has done a great job Read more…
Patricia Heaton is perhaps best known for her storied and long-running turn as Ray Romano’s wife on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Since 2009, she has played the main role of Frankie Heck on ABC’s The Middle. Patricia’s remarkable list of accomplishments includes two Emmy Awards (both for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a deep roster of nominations. She will contribute the foreword to the forthcoming (Spring, 2014) The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character, Damon’s second collaboration with Bill Esper.
Ms. Heaton writes: “If you are lucky enough to get anywhere near William Esper’s class, Read more…
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…
Have you read The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique, the book I co-wrote with my mentor and long-time friend, Bill Esper? It features a foreword by David Mamet and has been endorsed by incredible actors like Academy Award Winners Olympia Dukakis and Mary Steenburgen, SAG Award Winner Calista Flockhart, Emmy Award Winner Patricia Heaton, and many, many more.
Bill is considered an American treasure, one of the only current teachers of acting who studied directly with Sanford Meisner and who’s spent his entire life exploring and furthering Sandy’s groundbreaking technique.Â Bill has trained some of the most noted actors who currently grace stage, screen, and TV: Sam Rockwell, David Morse, Kathy Bates, Kristin Davis, Larry David, Peter Gallagher, Aaron Eckhart, Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Gretchen Mol, Dule Hill, Teri Polo, Dean Winters, and many, many more.
But why take my word for how great Bill is when you can visit the website for The William Esper Studio or watch his video here.Â And order your copy of The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique today!