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The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods (Career Development Series) (Career Development Book)

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With clarity and insight, Richard Brestoff introduces the great acting teachers, explaining their techniques and how ther are applied today. Beginning with Quintilian and Delsarre he guides us to the present with an inside look at what is currently being taught in the major acting schools and private acting studios; The Actor's Studio, Yale University, NYU, Juillard and ma ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Smith & Kraus (first published December 1995)
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Baptiste Coulange
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book on acting history I've ever read. A good way to discover the differences and the history of the different methods that inspired American theater.
(Don't judge too quickly the cover and the title, they are as bad as the book is good)
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James
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
chatpers 7,8,9 were good but the other ones were kinda wack.
Mariette
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great book to reread or when you want a quick recap of what you studied as an undergrad in a BA acting program.
Jamie
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great source for me in school. It also really helped me when I was teaching a unit on Stanislavski and his system in comparison with other acting methods. It has great suggestions for exercises although it only uses them to illustrate. In other words it does not list tons of exercises that you can use, but it does give you at least one example with each teacher. It is also very entertaining to read, which cannot be said for every book on acting.
J.Aleksandr Wootton
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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Informative, helpful, and engaging. Part history of drama, part biography, part criticism and commentary, part instruction. Recommended for anyone who needs to get up in front of an audience and wants to leave a positive impression.
Juan
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great intro to acting in general. The title kind of says it all. It also provides some cultural background for the history of acting back since the greek tragedy.
Laura Beth
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Insightful thoughts form the greats on the acting process. Good for perusal.
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