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05

Mar
2015

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Backstage Magazine: Actor’s Art & Craft “Must Read” & “Superb”

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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.”

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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-AFTRAActors’ Equity AssociationAGVAAGMA, the American Federation of Musicians, etc.), casting directors, agents, writers, directors, and, in particular, actors.

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Two Covers, One Month

On 30, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In Event, Non-Fiction Book | By admin


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:

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The second cover is for the German edition ofThe 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:

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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.

This is “a huge difference,” writes the German translator, André Bolouri. “The German word Read more…

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2014

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Two New Signing Dates in NYC & LA

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Two new book signing dates have been set for Damon and Bill Esper’s second collaboration, The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character.

One event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the William Esper Studio in NYC (co-sponsored by The Drama Book Shop). This event is limited to Esper Studio alumni, current Esper Studio students, and friends.

The second event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Electric Lodge in LA (co-sponsored by Baron Brown Studio).

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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. The book picks up where Damon and Bill’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, left off, and follows the same group of students through their second year of Meisner-based actor’s training at the William Esper Studio.

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26

Mar
2014

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4/10 Book Signing at The Drama Book Shop, NYC

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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. 

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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.

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06

Feb
2014

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German Rights Purchased for “Actors Art & Craft”

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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.

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David Mamet Writes Afterword to “Creating a Character”

On 22, Nov 2013 | In Non-Fiction Book, Uncategorized | By admin

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.

The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character picks up where Damon and Bill’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft , left off; it follows the Read more…

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18

Nov
2013

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“Actor’s Art & Craft” Named First of “Five Books Every Actor Must Own”

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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…

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22

Oct
2013

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More Advance Praise for “Creating a Character”

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Two more notable graduates of The William Esper Studios have offered advance praise for Damon’s second book with Bill Esper, The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character:

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“I read Bill Esper’s first book with total glee because it reminded me of all the guidance he gave me Read more…

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26

Sep
2013

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Advanced Praise for “The Actor’s Guide to Creating A Character”

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Three notable graduates of The William Esper Studios have offered advance praise for Damon’s second book with Bill Esper, The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character:

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“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. Every aspiring actor should find themselves at The William Esper Studio and then, Read more…

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Sep
2013

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Emmy and SAG Award Winner Patricia Heaton Writes Foreword to New Book

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Patricia Heaton is perhaps best known for her storied and long-running turn as Ray Romano’s wife on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves RaymondSince 2009, she has played the main role of Frankie Heck on ABC’s The MiddlePatricia’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…

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