There are countless Acting courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- Sanford Meisner on Acting (1987)
- How to Stop Acting: A Renowned Acting Coach Shares His Revolutionary Approach to Landing Roles, Developing Them and Keeping them Alive (2003)
- Acting: The First Six Lessons (2013)
- Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide (2006)
- The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide (2017)
- Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (2013)
- Michael Caine – Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition (2000)
- Acting for the Camera: Revised Edition (1997)
- Acting Professionally: Raw Facts about Careers in Acting (2017)
- Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition: Strategies for Success (2014)
Sanford Meisner on Acting (1987)
Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays.
How to Stop Acting: A Renowned Acting Coach Shares His Revolutionary Approach to Landing Roles, Developing Them and Keeping them Alive (2003)
Harold Guskin is an “acting doctor” whose clients include Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, James Gandolfini, Bridget Fonda, and dozens more. In How to Stop Acting, Guskin reveals the insights and techniques that have worked wonders for beginners as well as stars.
Get the definitive edition that has taught generations of actors and actresses. This edition includes bonus acting exercises. In his beloved classic, Acting: The First Six Lessons, master acting teacher Richard Boleslavsky presents his acting theory and technique in a lively and accessible narrative form.
Do you know a teen that’s been bitten by the acting bug? Here’s just the book they need! Acting for Young Actors, aimed at teens and tweens, lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W’s: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place?
Jenna Fischer’s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.
Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (2013)
Confessions of a Casting Director is a must-have for any aspiring actor or stage parent—the definitive guide to breaking into film, television, theater, and even YouTube from longtime casting director and studio executive Jen Rudin.Packed with information that aspiring actors want, her up-to-the-minute expert advice is essential for anyone pursuing an acting career.
Michael Caine – Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition (2000)
A master actor who’s appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies.
Culled from Tony Barr’s 40 years’ experience as a performer, director and acting teacher in Hollywood, this highly praised handbook provides readers with the practical knowledge they need when performing in front of the camera.
This vital resource will steer you through the hugely competitive industry of stage, film and TV acting, offering wise advice on everything from writing an eye-catching résumé to finding an agent.
The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition. Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art.
Best Acting Books: The Ultimate Collection
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Vulgar Beauty: Acting Chinese in the Global Sensorium
Author(s): Mila Zuo
ID: 3285033, Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2022, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf
Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet's Margins
Author(s): Lindsay Ems
ID: 3324086, Publisher: The MIT Press, Year: 2022, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf
The DBT Workbook for Emotional Relief: Fast-Acting Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Balance Out-of-Control Emotions and Find Calm Right Now
Author(s): Sheri Van Dijk
ID: 3414353, Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.