Popular Acting Books

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Respect for Acting Respect for Acting (Hardcover)
by (shelved 67 times as acting)
avg rating 4.13 — 2,934 ratings — published 1973
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Sanford Meisner on Acting Sanford Meisner on Acting (Paperback)
by (shelved 63 times as acting)
avg rating 4.18 — 2,569 ratings — published 1987
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An Actor Prepares An Actor Prepares (Paperback)
by (shelved 57 times as acting)
avg rating 4.03 — 4,481 ratings — published 1938
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A Challenge For The Actor A Challenge For The Actor (Hardcover)
by (shelved 39 times as acting)
avg rating 4.20 — 1,178 ratings — published 1991
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Building a Character Building a Character (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as acting)
avg rating 4.13 — 1,507 ratings — published 1950
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A Practical Handbook for the Actor A Practical Handbook for the Actor (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as acting)
avg rating 3.84 — 1,029 ratings — published 1986
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The Art of Acting The Art of Acting (Hardcover)
by (shelved 31 times as acting)
avg rating 4.14 — 1,296 ratings — published 2000
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To the Actor To the Actor (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as acting)
avg rating 4.17 — 949 ratings — published 1953
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Creating a Role Creating a Role (Paperback)
by (shelved 26 times as acting)
avg rating 4.10 — 1,002 ratings — published 1961
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How to Stop Acting How to Stop Acting (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as acting)
avg rating 4.10 — 459 ratings — published 2003
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The Power of the Actor The Power of the Actor (Paperback)
by (shelved 24 times as acting)
avg rating 4.12 — 629 ratings — published 2004
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Improvisation for the Theater Improvisation for the Theater (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as acting)
avg rating 4.26 — 958 ratings — published 1963
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Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as acting)
avg rating 4.02 — 450 ratings — published 1997
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Impro Impro (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as acting)
avg rating 4.24 — 3,256 ratings — published 1979
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The Technique of Acting The Technique of Acting (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as acting)
avg rating 4.15 — 927 ratings — published 1988
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Someday, Someday, Maybe Someday, Someday, Maybe (Hardcover)
by (shelved 14 times as acting)
avg rating 3.45 — 77,696 ratings — published 2013
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Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus (Paperback)
by (shelved 13 times as acting)
avg rating 4.26 — 499 ratings — published 2003
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Beautiful Ruins Beautiful Ruins (Hardcover)
by (shelved 13 times as acting)
avg rating 3.68 — 189,669 ratings — published 2012
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My Life in Art My Life in Art (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as acting)
avg rating 4.14 — 705 ratings — published 1948
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Bossypants Bossypants (Kindle Edition)
by (shelved 10 times as acting)
avg rating 3.95 — 665,306 ratings — published 2011
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An Actor's Work An Actor's Work (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as acting)
avg rating 4.30 — 361 ratings — published 1938
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Freeing the Natural Voice Freeing the Natural Voice (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as acting)
avg rating 4.05 — 576 ratings — published 1976
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Towards a Poor Theatre Towards a Poor Theatre (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as acting)
avg rating 4.26 — 1,641 ratings — published 1968
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Station Eleven Station Eleven (Hardcover)
by (shelved 9 times as acting)
avg rating 3.99 — 268,782 ratings — published 2014
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In-Depth Acting In-Depth Acting (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as acting)
avg rating 4.13 — 88 ratings — published 2012
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Games for Actors and Non-Actors Games for Actors and Non-Actors (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as acting)
avg rating 4.35 — 681 ratings — published 1992
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Stories I Only Tell My Friends Stories I Only Tell My Friends (Hardcover)
by (shelved 8 times as acting)
avg rating 3.75 — 86,014 ratings — published 2011
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Voice and the Actor Voice and the Actor (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as acting)
avg rating 3.96 — 307 ratings — published 1974
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And Furthermore And Furthermore (Hardcover)
by (shelved 7 times as acting)
avg rating 3.47 — 2,344 ratings — published 2010
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The Actor and the Text The Actor and the Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as acting)
avg rating 4.11 — 103 ratings — published 1987
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William Shakespeare
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Vera Nazarian
“There's a difference between playing and playing games. The former is an act of joy, the latter — an act.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

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