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The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

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William Esper is a graduate of Western Reserve University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Bill trained as both actor and teacher under Sanford Meisner. Bill and Sandy worked closely together for 17 years, during which time Bill served as Associate Director of the Playhouses's Acting Department (1973-1976). Bill founded the William Esper Studio in 1965 and the Professional Actor Training Program at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1977. These two schools are renowned for routinely contributing actors of the highest quality to the International stage and screen.

Damon DiMarco earned his M.A. from the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts under Bill Esper's tutelage. He has acted professionally on stage, screen, and TV and currently teaches acting and directing at Drew University. Damon's other books include, Tower Stories: an Oral History of 9/11; Out of Bounds (with Roy Simmons); and Heart of War: Soldiers' Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq.

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A masterful introduction to the actor's craft presents a series of rigorous but flexible exercises, based on the Meisner Technique of acting, designed to help actors deal with a wide variety of performance challenges. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

William Esper is a graduate of Western Reserve University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Bill trained as both actor and teacher under Sanford Meisner. Bill and Sandy worked closely together for 17 years, during w

Table of Contents

Foreward by David Mamet

Prologue

Bill’s Class

ONE — Begin Again — Empty Your Cup

TWO — The First Exercise — Did You Hear What He Said?

THREE — Repition Continues — Did You Really Hear What He Really Said?

FOUR — Developing Concentration

FIVE — How to Justify Absolutely Anything

SIX — Don’t Gird Yourself to Act; Open Yourself to Receive

SEVEN — Objectives and Expectations: Be Careful What You Want

EIGHT — Action Problems: Awaken Your Inner Criminal

NINE — Scene Work: Private Conversations — Approach the Text and Pick Up Your Impulses

TEN — Farewell to Repition: Don’t Do Anything Unless Something Happens to Make You Do It

ELEVEN — Daydreams, Fantasies, and Your Inner Life: Emotional Preparation

TWELVE — Relationships: I Know He’s Your Brother, but Who Is He Really?

THIRTEEN — The Domestic Exercise: How Are Things At Home?

FOURTEEN — The Second Round of Scene Work: Go Deeper into the Text

FIFTEEN — Final Questions: It’s a Wrap. Now Where Do We Go from Here?

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307481146
Subtitle:
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
William Esper
Author:
Damon DiMarco
Author:
Esper, William
Author:
DiMarco, Damon
Subject:
Performing Arts : Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Acting
Subject:
Meisner, Sanford
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Drama-Acting
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080408
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
286

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"Synopsis" by , A masterful introduction to the actor's craft presents a series of rigorous but flexible exercises, based on the Meisner Technique of acting, designed to help actors deal with a wide variety of performance challenges. Original. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , William Esper is a graduate of Western Reserve University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Bill trained as both actor and teacher under Sanford Meisner. Bill and Sandy worked closely together for 17 years, during w
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