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These books have been important influences on my acting and teaching. If you'd like to learn more about the craft of acting and its application to presentation and persuasion skills, I highly recommend that you read them.

Challenge for the Actor, by Uta Hagen (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1991). The late Uta Hagen was one of the great acting teachers of the 20th century. This book, a companion to Respect for Acting, offers a wealth of practical exercises and techniques. Buy it.

Respect for Acting, by Uta Hagen (Wiley Publishing, 1973). Clearly written and filled with examples from Ms. Hagen’s long acting and teaching career. Buy it.

Freeing the Natural Voice, by Kristin Linklater  (Drama Publishers 1976). The best book I know of on breath control and vocal technique. Essential for every performer. Buy it.

How to Argue and Win Every Time, by Gerry Spence (St. Martin’s Press, 1995). Using examples from his own life and career, the famed trial attorney tells how storytellling and tone of voice can boost your credibility and your success. Buy it.

The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling, by Annette Simmons (Perseus Publishing, 2001). Illustrated with examples of classic stories from many cultures, this is an engaging and very practical book about developing trust and persuading listeners through story. Buy it.

An Actor Prepares, by Constantine Stanislavski; translated by Elizabeth Hapgood. (Methuen, 1980). The “bible” of actors for nearly a century, written by the great Russian teacher and director and still relevant today. Buy it.

 

 

 

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