Jeff Corey (1914-2002) made a name for himself in the 1940s as a character actor in films like Superman and the Mole Men (1951), Joan of Arc (1948), and The Killers (1946). Everything changed in 1951, when he was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Corey refused to name names and was promptly blacklisted, which forced him to walk away from a vibrant livelihood as an actor and embark on a career as one of the industry's most revered acting instructors. In Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act, Corey recounts his extraordinary story. Among the actors who would soon fill his classes were James Dean, Kirk Douglas, Jane Fonda, Rob Reiner, Jack Nicholson, and Leonard Nimoy. In 1962, when the blacklist ended, Corey was one of the industry's first trailblazers to seamlessly reboot his acting career and secure roles in some of the classic films of the era, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), True Grit (1969), and Little Big Man (1970), in which he starred as the infamous Wild Bill Hickok. Throughout his life, Corey sought to capture the human heart: in conflict, in terror, in love, and in all of its small triumphs. His memoir, which he wrote with his daughter Emily Corey, provides a unique and personal perspective on the man whose teaching inspired some of Hollywood's biggest names to star in the roles that made them famous.
Chaikin, who directed the celebrated Open Theater in the '60s, kindled an emphasis on communal playmaking whose impact is still evident today. This conversational review of his efforts details his methods and reveals the struggles involved in the creation of some of the most exciting theatre of our time.
Acting and Theatre Books
Please note- this is not an exhaustive list of the acting and theatre books available at SJR State Libraries. This list represents plays recommended by Professor Kevin Kelly.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PN2061 .E87 2008
Publication Date: 2008-04-08
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's 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.--From back cover.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PN2061 .C5755 2016
Publication Date: 2016-05-05
"The Acting Workbook is an essential workbook for actors, actors in training and teachers of acting and drama. The workbook and video provide a clear, step-by-step guide to learning techniques in acting. The book presents a system of exercises which will develop core acting skills, offers techniques for developing an authored role and models for devising new work. These techniques are based on the practices of Konstantin Stanislavski and his recent theatrical descendants including Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov and others. The exercises in the book are outlined in a student-centred approach, offering not only in-class exercises, but also pre-class exercises, educational frameworks, teaching-tips, suggested texts through which to apply the work, follow-up exercises and suggestions for further reading in each chapter. Enabling and guiding the actor's sustainable, communicable, believable transformation into an imagined reality, this workbook is filled with powerful and precise acting tools, each underpinned by a rigorous and well-explained philosophy of practice. The Acting Workbook includes video of the author teaching the exercises, with professional actors demonstrating the techniques to be learned"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PN1995.9.C34 B57 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-16
"'If you're working with Nancy Bishop you know you're in good, accomplished hands, whether you're a director or an actor.' - Neil Burger, Director of The Illusionist Auditioning for Film and Television is a must-have book and video guide for actors, written from the perspective of a Casting Director and offering practical advice on audition technique, scene analysis, online casting and social media. Auditioning for Film and Television is a practical workbook written from a casting director's point of view that teaches actors the craft of film auditioning in front of the camera. It shows actors how to use today's internet technologies to advance their careers and features success strategies and actual exercises to achieve results in the casting studio. A new edition of the popular Secrets from the Casting Couch, and now including video, Auditioning for Film and Television includes commentary, analysis and questions in workbook form for scenes from many celebrated films; exercises for actors to practise in front of a camera; and advice on career advancement and marketing in the age of social media"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PN2071.C57 H66 2018
Publication Date: 2018-02-22
"Rooted in performance and performance criticism Comedy Acting for Theatre is a textbook which offers a detailed examination of how comedy works, along with advice for the actor sending a comic message, allowing them to better understand the communication of comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Applying the twin perspectives of theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic, from writers including Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, Michael Frayn, among others, as well as an extensive exploration of acting in Shakespeare's comedies. Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, Comedy Acting for Theatre: The Art and Craft of Performing in Comedies is a detailed and essential handbook for actors seeking to put in memorable - and hilarious - performances"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PN2071.A92 R83 2013
Publication Date: 2013-12-17
Providing checklists, practical instructions and easy-to-follow game plans, a former Disney casting director, taking aspiring actors behind-the-scenes of the auditioning process, offers a vast array of expert advice for breaking into film, television and theater.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- BF637.C5 O36 2018
Publication Date: 2018-03-27
Before Odom landed the role Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, he put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor. Now he asks the questions that will help you unlock your true potential and achieve your goals even when they seem impossible. What work did you put in today that will help you improve tomorrow? How do you surround yourself with people who will care about your dreams as much as you do? How do you know when to play it safe and when to risk it all for something bigger and better? Whether you're graduating from college, starting a new job, or just looking to live each day to the fullest, knowing the answers will empower you for the greatness that lies ahead.
Call Number: St. Johns River/Palatka Circulation -- PR2987 .L83 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-11
Outlines an engaging way to instill an understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's classic works in children, outlining a family-friendly method that incorporates the history of Shakespearean theater and society.