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Ever wanted to aspire to be a great actor?  You may have at some point in your life, but didn't know how to go about doing it.  Good news!  Help is on the way!  Check out our Acting 101 list to learn more about the theatre and screen than you could ever wish for.

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The Portable Film School

Everything You'd Learn in Film School (Without Ever Going to Class)

The Portable Film School is a private tutorial from an instructor at one of the nation’s most prestigious film schools. D.B. Gilles explains the fundamental...

"...The Portable Film School is a private tutorial from an instructor at one of the nation’s most prestigious film schools. D.B. Gilles explains the fundamental.... The Portable Film School is a private tutorial from an instructor at one of the nation’s most prestigious film schools. D.B. Gilles explains the fundamental skills and techniques of screenwriting and making a short film arming you..."

D. B. Gilles

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Renaissance Books

Hollywood 101

The Film Industry

Looking for a career in the film business? Look no further. Making it in Hollywood is possible. But only if you have a workable strategy. When author...

"...better is having an uncle who owns a studio." --Bill Harris, E! Entertainment Television "Hollywood 101..."

Frederick Levy

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Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors

Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors, spanning nearly 500 years of drama, from Shakespearean England to Contemporary Broadway, is a useful tool for every...

"...Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors, spanning nearly 500 years of drama, from Shakespearean England to Contemporary Broadway, is a useful tool for every.... Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors, spanning nearly 500 years of drama, from Shakespearean England to Contemporary Broadway, is a useful tool for every student or actor wanting to improve their acting skills. Included are 80 scenes..."

By Michael Schulman and Eva Mekler

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Faber and Faber, Inc.

Actors at Work

It’s extremely difficult to be an actor, for many reasons: It’s mostly unrewarding financially. It takes a lot of hard work before an actor even gets a part. A...

"...theatre or film, and certainly for anyone interested in actors and acting. The interviews..."

By Rosemarie Tichler, Barry Jay Kaplan and Mike Nichols

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Not Since Carrie

Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops

Not Since Carrie is Ken Mandelbaum’s brilliant survey of Broadway's biggest flops. This highly readable and entertaining book highlights almost 200 musicals...

"...of forty years of Broadway musical flops."--Doug Watt, New York Daily News "An enormously amusing read...I cannot recall enjoying a theatre book as much as Not Since Carrie in a long time."--Hap Erstein..."

Ken Mandelbaum

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Raising a Star

The Parent's Guide to Helping Kids Break into Theater, Film, Television, or Music

So your child wants to be a star? But what does it really take? Money? Looks? Tons of time? Not necessarily. Nancy Carson, a children's agent who has...

"...most fortunate to have the real Nancy Carson personally guide us. Nancy knows and shows the world of show business kids from a unique perspective. Once the mother of school age actors herself, Nancy has become one of the most successful, respected and beloved agents for children in the performing arts..."

By Nancy Carson and Jacqueline Shannon

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Faber and Faber, Inc.

Speak the Speech!

Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated

The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume. A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the...

"...locate the perfect monologue for their needs. More than just an actor's toolkit, Speak the Speech..."

By Rhona Silverbush and Sami Plotkin

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Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Speaking Shakespeare

Patsy Rodenburg presents the Actor's Bible of Shakespeare for the stage.

"...Patsy Rodenburg presents the Actor's Bible of Shakespeare for the stage.. In Speaking Shakespeare, Patsy Rodenburg tackles one of the most difficult acting jobs: speaking Shakespeare's words both..."

Patsy Rodenburg

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Palgrave Macmillan Trade

The Actor Speaks

Voice and the Performer

In The Actor Speaks, Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every...

"...; communication with other actors; singing and acting simultaneously; working on different sized stages..."

By Patsy Rodenburg and Judi Dench

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No Applause--Just Throw Money

The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous

A seriously funny look at the roots of American Entertainment When Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for...

"...dances, plays a tambourine, tells jokes, and performs a routine with a trained goat. That dance..."

Trav S.D. Trav S.D.

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Hide in Plain Sight

The Hollywood Blacklistees in Film and Television, 1950-2002

Hidden in Plain Sight completes Buhle and Wagner's trilogy on the Hollywood blacklist. When the blacklistees were hounded out of Hollywood, some left for...

By Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner

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Palgrave Macmillan

Writing Musical Theater

An accessible, comprehensive guide to writing a musical--from generating the story to bringing characters to life to rewriting scenes--Writing Musical Theater...

"...An accessible, comprehensive guide to writing a musical--from generating the story to bringing characters to life to rewriting scenes--Writing Musical Theater.... This complete guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through the writing of both songs and libretto, to the ways in which writers can market a finished..."

By Allen Cohen and Steven L. Rosenhaus

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St. Martin's Press

Before the Parade Passes By

Gower Champion and the Glorious American Musical

During the Golden Age of the Broadway musical, few director-choreographers could infuse a new musical with dance and movement in quite the way Gower Champion...

"...Theatre and Gay Culture “Gower Champion’s Broadway musicals make us smile, tap our feet and dance..."

John Anthony Gilvey

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Howling Near Heaven

Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance

For more than four decades, Twyla Tharp has been a phenomenon in American dance, a choreographer who not only broke the rules but refused to repeat her own...

"..., television specials, and nearly one hundred riveting dance works. Movin’ Out, the dance show that reflected on the Vietnam era using the music of Billy Joel, ran on Broadway for three years and won Tharp a Tony award for Best Choreography. Howling Near Heaven is the first in-depth study of Twyla Tharp’s..."

Marcia B. Siegel

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Sing for Your Supper

The Broadway Musical in the 1930s

Ethan Mordden completes his history of the Broadway musical by looking at how The Great White Way kept the lights burning in the depths of the Depression

"...Ethan Mordden completes his history of the Broadway musical by looking at how The Great White Way..."

Ethan Mordden Ethan Mordden

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Faber and Faber, Inc.

The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood’s most...

"...that every story for the screen has three "acts": the first act is the beginning, the second..."

John Truby John Truby

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A new edition of the classic book for actors starting their careers, with new material Few actors have ever been more eloquent, more honest, or more...

"..., it is true, been overwhelmed at an early age by two acting performances, both in films: Olivier’s..."

Simon Callow

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Palgrave Macmillan

Gentlemen Callers

Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama

An intimate and revealing look at the work of America's greatest playwright, Tennessee Williams.

"...and perhaps the most-performed, even today. Michael Paller looks at Tennessee Williams's plays from..."

Michael Paller

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Open a New Window

The Broadway Musical in the 1960s

From "Camelot" to "Cabaret" Ethan Mordden takes on Broadway's richest decade.

"...of the Broadway musical with the decade that bridged the gap between the fanciful shows..."

Ethan Mordden Ethan Mordden

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Palgrave Macmillan

Dramaturgy and Performance

There is a growing interest in "dramaturgy" as a critical concept and as a practical process.The book outlines different perspectives on the terms "dramaturgy"...

By Cathy Turner and Synne Behrndt

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