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BookCoverThe Actor’s Art and Craft
by William Esper & Damon DiMarco

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

Book2CoverThe Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character
by William Esper & Damon DiMarco

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through the experiences of a fictional class. Esper’s training builds on Sanford Meisner’s legendary exercises, a world-renowned technique that Esper further developed through his long association with Meisner and the decades he has spent training a host of distinguished actors. His approach is flexible enough to apply to any role, helping actors to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.

 

Articles
An Interview with William Esper
In this in-depth interview, studio founder William Esper talks in detail about how acting is taught at the studio, covering the skills and techniques students will learn in both the first and second years of their training. From the book The New Generation of Acting Teachers (Penguin), by Eva Mekier

Why Study? by William Esper
Who needs to study when you can get acting jobs anyway?

To MFA or NOT to MFA? That is the Question by William Esper

Remembrance of Sanford Meisner by William Esper
Written for the journal The Soul of the American Actor