The Best Theatre and Acting Books of 2013

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2013 – the year that Twittering Types took to the book shelves and some theatre memoirs came out which were witty, bitchy, heartfelt and hilarious.
If you are serious about a career in theatre then it pays to read up about your craft and even though these are not ‘text books’ they will teach you more about the real life of directors, producers and actors (both struggling and successful) than you would find in a theatre studies reading list!
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  • Journalist Sokolove pays tribute to drama teacher Lou Volpe, who in the last 40 years has revolutionized the theater program at Harry S. Truman High School. Located in Levittown,…
  • Stage Blood is Michael Blakemore’s candid and at times painfully funny story of the events that led to his dramatic exit from the National Theatre in 1976. The theatrical triumphs…
  • Every year, thousands of people from all over the world move to Hollywood, with nothing more than their hopes and an irrational sense of romanticism and fairness, to pursue their…
  • He’s the anonymous Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him a devoted following. And now West…
  • This is a memoir as much as it is a history of American regional theater told by award-winning director, lyricist, producer, and writer Jack O’Brien. O’Brien served as the…
  • #SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend’s Guide to Werking in Show Business’ is an irreverent analysis of what life is like for both aspiring and employed actors and actresses in…
  • Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth fills a gap in the drama school curriculum, tackling many areas which are unaddressed during training and discussing issues that are more often…
  • Luvvies. Tyrannical directors. Useless agents. Less job security than an England football manager. Who’d be an actor? Michael Simkins isn’t sure, even though he’s been one…
Other Recommended Acting Books
  • In The Power of the Actor, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, premier acting teacher and coach Ivana Chubbuck reveals her cutting-edge technique, which has launched some of the most…
  • Screen Acting Workshop
  • Musical theatre is a tough and over-crowded industry. Yet, despite the huge competition, many performers find auditioning difficult with little knowledge of what the directors,…
  • Karen Kohlhaas exposes what auditors are looking for in The Monologue Audition , the first book of its kind to show actors how to stage monologues using specific, step-by-step…
  • Feeling despondent about the acting profession? Been out of work for longer than you care to remember? Starting to resent the injustices of the job and the success of other…
  • An engaging, upbeat guide for any student thinking of applying to drama school. In The Excellent Audition Guide, experienced actor, director and drama teacher Andy Johnson leads…
  • Mastering the Audition Drawing on research into how the brain copes and responds in high-stress situations, Mastering the Audition dissects the audition process and offers…
  • Performing in a West End musical is a dream that thousands of talented youngsters share. Competition is intense and getting into the spotlight can often mean taking a big leap…
  • Packed with sound advice and essential information, this is a terrific guide to helping students prepare for and improve their chances of getting a place in one of the UK’s many…
  • Auditions are an integral part of every performer’s life. From getting into drama school, through to a successful career in an overcrowded industry, this title offers crucial…
  • Any actor who is serious about his or her career should read this book—Matthew Stillman, producer of Casino Royale, Wanted, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. A…