Theater bookshelf: Ideas for Actors

I really shouldn’t go to Half-Price Books, because I always find something and end up spending money.

However, this book was really worth the $8 I paid for it.

Ideas for Actors, by Jon Jory, will best benefit a theater actor (musicals aren’t really covered), but all the tips and tricks are fantastic for actors of all stripes. It’s divided into several sections: Text Study, Technique, Movement in Space, Words, Strategy, Comedy, No-Nos, People Stuff, Building the Role, Veterans, States of Being, and Stations on the Line (which includes “Opening Night”, “table work”, etc. This is really helpful section!). You can read the book straight through, or use it as sort of an encyclopedia of tips. Anyone who’s interested in improving their craft would benefit from reading it.


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