Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Trade in your item
Get a $0.81
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$50.69 $8.82
Loose Leaf
"Please retry"
$39.99

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

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: #1,090,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Evan Jacobs VINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The best acting technique written in a brilliant book. A must have for all serious actors!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse