A leading acting teacher explains and extends Sanford Meisner's legendary technique, offering a clear, concrete, step-by-step approach to becoming a truly creative actor. William Esper worked closely with Meisner for 17 years, and then spent the next 30 years experimenting with his famous actor-training exercises and further developing them. The result is a rigorous system of exercises that builds necessary acting skills from the ground up. The technique Esper teaches to actors does not constrain their instincts, it frees them, and it is flexible enough to be applied to any challenge an actor faces, from soap operas to Shakespeare.
Actor and teacher Damon DiMarco spent a year observing Esper's first-year class at Rutgers University. Through his eyes, we vividly experience the progression of the exercises and see how they actually work in practice for the sixteen students in the class. Esper has taught a long list of distinguished actors, including Paul Sorvino, Kim Basinger, Kathy Bates, Mary Steenburgen, Calista Flockhart, Larry David, William Hurt, John Malkovich, Gretchen Mol, and many others. Now actors everywhere can benefit from his vast experience, building up a solid a foundation of skills that allow them to create characters with truthful and compelling inner lives.