Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I think every aspiring actor should read as many of these books as possible. You will note the absence of the “classics” such as Hagan and Stanislavsky. They are missing as I think these books are more important. Some are out of print and therefore may be skipped, at least for the present. These are listed in no particular order. Just find a title that interests you , get a copy at where you can get it used and in paper (if possible) at the very best price. If amazon does not have it try

-The Actor’s Art and Craft by Wm Esper and Damon DiMarco

-The Tao of Acting- Dr. Kenneth D. Plonkey

-The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Acting –Paul Baldwin and John Malone

-Rehearsal – Miriam Franklin

-True and False-David Mamet

-Acting without Agony – Don Richardson

-Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr

-How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers

-Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie

-How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter

-An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez

-How To Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film-Cathy Reinking

-One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan

-So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens

-Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at

-Book the Job-Doug Warhit

-Intent to Live-Larry Moss

-Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr

-Acting in Film-Michael Caine

-Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

-Acting Professionally-Robert Cohen

-Acting As a Business – Brian O’Neil

-How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber

-Audition-Michael Shurtleff

-The 15 Guideline Map to Booking-Amy Lyndon

-Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

-How to Become a Magnet to Hollywood Success – Micelle Blood and Rock Riddle

1 comment:

  1. and Some More Books:

    Act Now! by Peter Jazwinski
    Acting Class: Take a Seat by Milton Katselas
    Acting and Performing by Hayes Gordon
    Acting in Film by Michael Caine
    Actions: The Actor's' Thesaurus by Marina Calderone
    Advanced techniques for Actor, Director, and Teacher by Terry Schreiber
    Advice to the Player by Robert LewisArt of Acting by Stella Adler
    An Actor Prepares by Stanislavski
    And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World by Anne Bogart
    The Art of Acting by Stella Adler
    Audition by Michael Shurtleff
    Auditioning by Joanna Merlin
    Awakening the Actor Within by C. Stephen Foster
    Building A Character by Constantin Stanislavski
    The Business of Acting by Brad Lemack
    A Challenge For The Actor by Uta Hagen
    Creating a Role by Constantin Stanislavski
    The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
    A Dream of Passion by Lee Strasberg
    Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want by Milton Katselas
    The Empty Space by Peter Brook
    For a Poor Theatre by Jerzey Grotowsky
    Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and
    Improvisation for the Theatre by Viola Spolin
    The Intent To Live by Larry Moss
    Laban's Principles of Dance and Movement Notation by Rudolf von Laban
    Language by Kristin Linklater
    Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner
    The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre by Jacques Lecoq
    My Life in Art by Constantin Stanislavski
    Now You Tell Me: 12 Actors Give the Best Advice They Never Got.
    On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov
    Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
    Sanford Meisner on Acting by Dennis Longwell
    The Science of Acting by Sam Kogan
    Self Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie
    Speaking With Skill: A Skills Based Approach to Speech Training by Dudley Knight
    The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor by Sonia Moore
    The Tao of Showbusiness by Dallas Travers
    The Technique of Acting by Stella Adler, Marlon Brando
    Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal
    To the Actor by Michael ChekhovTowards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski
    True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet
    The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition by Anne Bogart
    The Way of Acting: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki by Tadashi Suzuki
    A World of Voice: Voice and Speech Across Culture by Dudley Knight