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William Esper

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William Esper is a graduate of Western Reserve University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. Bill trained as both actor and teacher under Sanford Meisner. Bill and Sandy worked closely together for 17 years, during which time Bill served as Associate Director of the Playhouses's Acting Department (1973-1976). Bill founded the William Esper Studio in 1965 and the Professional Actor Training Program at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1977. These two schools are renowned for routinely contributing actors of the highest quality to the International stage and screen.

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Afterword by David Mamet
Introduction by Patricia Heaton


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $11.99

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Afterword by David Mamet
Introduction by Patricia Heaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s... Read more >
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The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $13.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Actor's Art and Craft
William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique
Written by William Esper and Damon Dimarco
Preface by David Mamet


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $16.00

William Esper, 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... Read more >
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