Read Prime The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique (English Edition) By William Esper –

William Esper, one of the leading acting teachers of our time, explains and extends Sanford Meisners legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step by step approach to becoming a truly creative actorEsper worked closely with Meisner for seventeen years and has spent decades developing his famous program for actors 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 Espers, 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 Actors Art and Craft vividly demonstrates that good training does not constrain actors instinctsit frees them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives

9 thoughts on “The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique (English Edition)

  1. Penelope Penelope says:

    Best book ever

  2. Rob Rob says:

    This is one of the best books of acting that I have read It s written over a year in a Meisner class You get to know all the techniques and you get to see the students using the techniques in scenes It s as close to being in a class as you can get without actually being in a class Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced actor, I m sure this book will teach you something.I ll end this review with my favourite quote from the book.If you choose this path, the world may not always understand you but rest assured that, through your work, you will understand it.

  3. Spanna C Spanna C says:

    I ve always been interested in the Meisner technique and with a Stanislavsky training behind me I wanted to understand a bit about Meisner work before going on a course I couldn t put this down, and at times found myself laughing out loud on the tube It is not only a brilliant text book , outlining the methodology and its rationale, but it is also utterly compulsive reading beautifully written and totally accessible even for a non actor The stories, scene and character descriptions are superb and completely bring the method to life I am now booked on a 5 day intensive Meisner course and I feel that I understand what it is about, which I didn t, and I feel prepared to venture into this territory I can t wait to have a go, but having a basic level of understanding first will certainly be invaluable Another acting bible.

  4. M. Bagarella M. Bagarella says:

    A very good book on the art of acting, with interesting insights and examples The style and structure of the book mirror those of An Actor prepares a narrator following an acting teacher giving lessons to his students , so it s not very original and feels like an updated version of it, which isn t a problem anyway since Stanislavski s work is still a masterpiece on the subject A good read, and I recommend it.

  5. Sharon S. Sharon S. says:

    The only negative I have with this book is the cheap paper used for the cover and pages, other than that, it s really interesting.The training is delivered in the form of exercises and so you really need a partner to get the most out of it Meisner is new to me, but makes total sense and I am only halfway through the book, but already feel as though my technique will improve because of it.

  6. Nathaly Herrera Nathaly Herrera says:

    So far, so good With almost finishing reading this book, I have gained a deep understanding of acting I have been able to open my mind up and accept challenging things I have become fearlessthis book is amazing The I read it, the I want to swim in these exercises.


    very useful book

  8. HYHc HYHc says:

    Educational, exceptionally entertaining Brilliant

  9. Angela Angela says: