This is the essential guide for anyone interested in pursuing an acting career. Praised for its honesty, broad coverage and wise advice from working professionals, the new edition is fully updated to reflect the acting industry today and is filled with advice and warnings to help you succeed.
Robert Cohen is the founding chair of the drama department at the University of California, Irvine, USA, where he now serves as Clare Trevor Professor of Drama. He is author of the defining text Acting Power, and many other theatre books including Acting One, Advanced Acting, Acting in Shakespeare and Creative Play Direction. In 1999 he received the Career Achievement Award for Education from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He is a veteran stage director for Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and abroad. James Calleri is President of Calleri Casting, and one of the most prominent casting directors in the USA. His casting credits include Broadway productions of Chicago, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun and The Dead. His TV credits include Lipstick Jungle, Monk, Ed and Hope & Faith. He has been awarded twelve Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting and is a member of the Casting Society of America. He is also an Associate Professor of Acting at Columbia University, USA.