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 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.
Second year work at Esper Studio teaches actors how to remain completely authentic while playing characters whose behavior is totally foreign to them.
Bill Esper studied acting under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse before Sandy selected him to teach beside him, which Bill did for nearly two decades. Ever since, Bill has worked to deepen his understanding of what Sandy taught and, in many cases, to extend it.
Damon earned his MFA from the Professional Actors Training Program at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts under Bill’s tutelage.