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19 Must Read Books for New Actors

Updated: Nov 6, 2021

The following are great books about the craft of acting and the business of acting. Enjoy!





Books on the Craft of Acting


Sanford Meisner On Acting by Sanford Meisner & Dennis Longwell


Actions The Actors Thesaurus by Calderone, M & Lloyd Williams M



A Challenge For The Actor by Uta Hagen


Respect For Acting by Uta Hagen



Tackling Text and Subtext by Barbara Houseman


The Actor Speaks by Patsy Rodenburg


Essential Acting by B. Panet


Acting Stanislavski by J. Gillett


An Actors Work by Stanislavski


Building A Character by C. Stanislavski


To The Actor by M. Chekhov


The Energetic Performer by A. Brennan


True and False by D. Mamet




Books on the Business of Acting




Self-Management for Actors by Bonnie Gillespie


How To Be A Working Actor by MariLyn Henry & Lynn Rogers


An Agent Tell All by Tony Martinez


Acting Is Everything by Judy Kerr


How To Get Arrested by Michael J. Wallach


Hit The Ground Running by Carolyn Barry


The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer



This is and will always be an ever growing list. So if there is a book or books you'd like to see added to the list, please comment below and let me know.


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Until next time!


Natalie Amey


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