The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique 
by William Esper, Damon Dimarco, David Mamet
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. Esper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actor's training. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds a solid foundation of acting skills from the ground up, and that is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare. 
Co-writer Damon DiMarco, a former student of Esper's, spent over a year observing his mentor teaching first-year acting students. In this book he recreates that experience for us, allowing us to see how the progression of exercises works in practice. The Actor's Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors' instincts—it frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.
"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 Meisner’s work you might want to include this to balance out your library." — Denise Simon, Backstage Magazine
“A veritable magnum opus on acting from a master teacher.” — Olympia Dukakis
"This book is a wonderful journey into Bill's process. It gives the novice and even the veteran actor a vocabulary and guidelines on how to solve the acting problems that any text presents." — Sam Rockwell
The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique 
by William Esper, Damon Dimarco, Patricia Heaton, David Mamet
William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey of Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft. Here, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. 

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