Essential and Hard to Find Resources

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Treading the Boards: 2018-2019 Seasons / Summer 2018 Cover Image
By Alison Lenox (Editor)
ISBN: 9780999103531
Availability: Special Order
Published: ACL Theatre Resources - May 23rd, 2018

SKU: X6343

The Actor's Guide to Agents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780573750007
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Published: Samuel French, Inc. - September 2014

SKU: X6588

Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780896762527
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Published: Drama Publishers/Quite Specific Media - March 17th, 2006

Respect for Acting Cover Image
By Uta Hagen, Haskel Frankel (With), David Hyde Pierce (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780470228487
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Published: Wiley - July 2008

Sanford Meisner on Acting Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394750590
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Published: Vintage - July 12th, 1987

An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor Cover Image
By Seth Barrish, Anne Hathaway (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781559367967
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 9th, 2015

How to Choose a Monologue for any Audition: 2nd edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780978638443
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Published: Big and Slow, Inc. - September 25th, 2015

Audition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553272956
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bantam - December 2nd, 1979

A Practical Handbook for the Actor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394744124
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 1986

An Actor Prepares Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878309832
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Published: Routledge - April 30th, 1989

Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780809311101
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Published: Southern Illinois University Press - July 7th, 1983

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944648220
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Published: Benbella Books - November 14th, 2017

The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989387804
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Published: The Upright Citizens Brigade - August 15th, 2013

The New York Model's Black Book (Seventh Edition) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780965377287
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Published: Models Mart - June 19th, 2012

Actor's Audition Log Cover Image
ISBN: 9780966852240
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Published: Break-A-Leg Books - September 2009

The Organized Actor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780966736588
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Published: Triple Threat Ventures - November 2012

Conscious Actor: A Bonnie KatzInspiration Journal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780985204495
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Published: Paperchase Press - April 2012

Stage Dialects Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871293312
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Published: Dramatic Publishing - May 15th, 1994

Line?: The Creative Way for Actors to Quickly Memorize Monologues and Dialogues Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982655832
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Published: Infinite Mind Training Group - October 16th, 2012

“Overnight success stories abound, yet at any given time 97 percent or the 120,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild are unemployed,” beings Mellini Kantayya in her debut essay collection Actor. Writer. Whatever. (essays on my rise to the top of the bottom of the entertainment industry). And with that the reader begins a whirlwind tour of the underbelly of the New York City fame machine with a guide who isn’t afraid to rigorously dissect how those three percent made it and how the other 97 percent survive it. As Kantayya bounces from one end of the employment spectrum to the other—finding work on a popular soap opera, producing a show “way off Broadway”, and scrambling from gig to gig in between—she soon discovers it’s as much about luck as it is about hard work. Blending humor, criticism, and memoir, Kantayya explores wide-ranging themes from racism in the entertainment industry to the sacrifices an artist makes for her craft to the challenges of balancing motherhood and actor, writer, whateverhood. Refreshingly honest self-examination—who doesn’t spend some of their time combating jealousy, even when things are going well?—make for a trustworthy narrator who isn’t afraid to bare all to the reader. Whether surviving one hair-raising audition after another, booking her first spot as a backup dancer in a music video, or commiserating over cocktails after a rough gig, Actor. Writer. Whatever. and its narrator expose the beautiful and the ugly, giving the reader an insider’s roadmap through the peaks and pitfalls of the entertainment world. In the tradition of fellow essayists Rachel Shukert and Megan Daum, Kantayya articulates and makes sense of the ambition and slight insanity it takes to throw one’s self into the world in which she lives. “This business will break your heart…. What we Actor, Writers, Whatevers have is dependency—the business treats us badly, but we get just enough reward to stay hooked and keep chasing the dragon,” she says near the end of her journey. Witty and heartfelt, Kantayya’s voice attacks each page with courage, offering a bold, exciting experience that both inspires and humanizes.

Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481223027
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 5th, 2013

Actor. Writer. Whatever.: (essays on My Rise to the Top of the Bottom of the Entertainment Industry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988466005
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Published: Ako Dako Press - January 31st, 2013

At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger & Having an Amazing Life! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615534862
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Published: Meta Creative - January 20th, 2012