Category Archives: Bookshelf

Thinking Shakespeare by Barry Edelstein
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Thinking Shakespeare by Barry Edelstein

“Thinking Shakespeare gives the actors practical advice about how to make Shakespeare’s words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real. Based on …Read the Rest

Journey to Heartland by Karen Genet with Text by Eric Barr
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Journey to Heartland by Karen Genet with Text by Eric Barr

Recently I was told that I needed to have my aortic valve replaced and that my aorta needed to be …Read the Rest

Slings and Arrows
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Slings and Arrows

While I don’t usually recommend fictional material in the Actor’s Bookshelf, I do have to break that rule and encourage …Read the Rest

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

At some point in our artistic lives we get stumped…stymied by resistance.  And usually that resistance is of our own …Read the Rest

Audition by Michael Shurtleff
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Audition by Michael Shurtleff

It has been said that auditioning is the actor’s real job and that performing is just icing on the cake. …Read the Rest

Year of the King by Anthony Sher
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Year of the King by Anthony Sher

Anthony Sher’s book Year of the King: An Actor’s Diary and Sketchbook is a fascinating look at an actor and his process of …Read the Rest

Being An Actor by Simon Callow
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Being An Actor by Simon Callow

There are some books on acting on my bookshelf that I have marked with a few notes and flags so …Read the Rest

Playing Shakespeare DVD Set
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Playing Shakespeare DVD Set

Playing Shakespeare, the 9 part television series hosted by John Barton, of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has just been released by …Read the Rest

Acting for the Camera by Tony Barr
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Acting for the Camera by Tony Barr

Don’t be confused by the title. Tony Barr’s (no relation) Acting for the Camera deals first and foremost with the …Read the Rest

Backwards and Forwards:  A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball
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Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays by David Ball

Stella Adler said, “The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the …Read the Rest

Stella Adler: The Art of Acting
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Stella Adler: The Art of Acting

This is a book that you must have for your library. Now I have to say that I worked at …Read the Rest

The Actor and the Target  by Declan Donnellan
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The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan

The Actor and the Target introduces actors to Declan Donnellan’s theory that actors should not look into themselves for acting …Read the Rest

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