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Acting Class: Take a Seat Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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Milton Katselas is a renowned director, teacher, painter, and founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Under his direction, Blythe Danner won a Tony Award, Eileen Heckert an Academy Award, and Bette Davis an Emmy Award. His last book Dreams into Action was a New York Times bestseller.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; First Printing edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597775924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597775922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Evan Jacobs VINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
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We lost a legendary teacher last week. Milton Katselas passed away on October 24th 2008 at the age of 75. This book (finally available to non-students) represents the wisdom he gathered and techniques he perfected over his many years of teaching. If you're serious about acting (or any other creative or artistic pursuit for that matter) you really must take the time to read, understand and apply this book.

In the time I studied in his classes I had the opportunity to see a great many actors and directors overcome obstacles that stood in the way of their talent. And after a while I was surprised to find that there were often similarities to the challenges they faced. This book could be called a compilation of the remedies that Milton discovered.

The core of Milton's technique is The Checklist. Tried and tested techniques for breaking down a scene and unlocking its secrets. He shares this along with many other common pitfalls to watch out for.

Much of Acting Class is written in the form of transcribed critiques from actual classes and because of this, the message may not be immediately clear to those who haven't sat in his class themselves. I studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse for three years and I can tell you that over time I saw a great many students learn these exact lessons. For this reason I can assure you that, however oblique it may seem on first read, the lessons are in this text.

This is not a dry, dense, academic book. Milton gets right to it. Acting is not some vague, formless art in his view. It's a skill that can be learned, exercised and perfected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hill on August 26, 2009
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This book is the most important book on Acting,living as an actor,and finding truth and joy in the work..I have ever read...and I have been a professional actor for 50 years,,READ IT,STUDY IT,AND Even if you are a rotten actor,you will get better
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 14, 2010
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This book is so valuable for actors, directors and writers. It gives you a clear checklist with inspiring anecdotes to help illustrate how the technique works. Milton is gone, but fortunately, he documented and shared his technique.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Smith on November 30, 2014
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Katselas just has a heart for artists. He's not the type of director/coach who just throws his weight around, he understands how valuable an actor's state of mind is, in their personal lives as well as on stage and on set. The three A's (Acting, Attitude, and Administration) are the perfect blueprint for not getting bogged down and burnt out by the industry and respecting one's craft and oneself. Brilliant read, and my personal handbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charoncita on December 30, 2014
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A good overview of an actor's path in the business of show business. There are always lists you can buy, but this book makes you check your attitude about your art, your talent and your commitment to a career before you shell out a penny for a CD or agent list.
Good stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zzyzx S. on May 12, 2013
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I've read pretty much every book on acting, and this is one of the good ones for its simplicity and common sense. Man, some acting teachers are brainy, they've completely forgotten what it's about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bianca Nejathaim on February 6, 2015
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The best acting technique written in a brilliant book. A must have for all serious actors!
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This is a must have book for any actor whether they are beginner or not. Using his vast knowledge and experience of the craft, Katselas gives you a very in-depth understanding of acting and provides you with a lot of insight to this art. Katselas makes his book very interesting and humorous to read and it is very to the point. Parts of this book are actually transcribed from actual lessons of his. No matter where you are in acting, this book will help you improve.
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