As an unknown actor, your job is to know your sh*t. Make a great first impression, even if the project or director is unfamiliar, or you run the risk of falling into their "Not Worth My Time" category. If you can't take a class to learn about something, your best bet is to read about it.

Here are some books that have been immensely helpful in my personal and academic quest to learn about theatre and acting...


  • Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater
  • The Right to Speak by Patsy Rodenburg
  • The Actor Speaks by Patsy Rodenburg
  • The Second Circle by Patsy Rodenburg


  • Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner
  • The Joy of Phonetics by Louis Coailliani
  • _________ by Louis Coalliani


  • The Actor's Secret by Betsy Polatin
  • An Acrobat of the Heart by Steve Wangh
  • Body Learning by Michael Gelb
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • The Viewpoints Book


  • Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner
  • True or False by David Mamet
  • The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnelly
  • An Actor Prepares, et al by Constantín Stanislavsky


  • A Sense of Direction by William Ball
  • Anne Bogart