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


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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: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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10 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By La Femme Fatal on August 26, 2013
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I've never taken classes at BHP but this book was right on target, unintellectualized, and was full of gems for actors. I don't know if I could handle being in his class because he seemed whacko but he seems like someone who gives the kind of critique I'd be able to trust.
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1 of 1 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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