Phoenix, October 2008
At long last, Acting Class
brings to every reader Milton Katselas' renowned approach to both the
craft and career of acting. Katselas is the founder of the Beverly
Hills Playhouse acting school in Los Angeles, and for decades has been one of
America's foremost directors/teachers.
George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, James Cromwell, Doris Roberts, Jorge Garcia, Tom Selleck, Anne Archer, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña and Patrick Swayze are just some of the celebrated actors that have benefited from Milton’s teaching.
Previously available only to his students at the BHP, Katselas' Acting Class takes the reader inside the legendary classes that he has taught for over forty years. You will feel as if you have taken a seat in the theatre, as much of its material is adapted directly from actual critiques of professional actors in the classes.
Acting Class covers in detail the three areas central to the Katselas approach: Acting, Attitude and Administration. The uniqueness and universality of Katselas' teaching comes from this three-pronged attack, which not only addresses the craft of acting, but also the proper attitude with which the actor should pursue his or her work, as well as an extensive section on the proper technique of career administration.
Down-to-earth, accessible, funny, and conversational, Acting Class is the culmination of 40 years of teaching that has helped thousands of actors achieve both the art and the careers of their dreams.
hardcover | ISBN: 9781597775922 | Publication Date: October 2008
"One book can make a difference and this is it."
--George C. Scott, Oscar Award-Winning Actor
"What's great about the book is that it's a great reference guide to acting. Milton has a pragmatic approach, based on how you get work as opposed to 'this is how I feed my narcissist's need to perform.'"
--Tony Danza, Who's The Boss, Taxi
"Milton gave me great advice which has served me well."
--Gene Hackman, Two-time Oscar Award-Winning Actor
"I worked with Milton for many years . . . What I loved about working with Milton was that he prepared actors so that you're a little bit director-proof. You learn to be your own director."
--Michelle Pfeiffer, Three-time Oscar Nominated Actress (on Inside The Actors Studio)
"When a man is so instrumental in developing our technique, nurturing a 'gift' and even the spiritual aspects of the craft of acting -- what does one say?"
--Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing, Ghost
"The brilliance and insight of Milton Katselas has changed my life."
--Doris Roberts, Five-time Emmy Award-Winning Actress
"Milton Katselas is everything you need in a professional acting teacher. Smart and opinionated. Creative and caring. But most of all, Katselas is clear."
--Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, The Cooler, The Departed
"What I remember about the workshop I took with Milton was not only the precision of his eye in critiquing, but also a compassion for the actor's process as they faced themselves every class in that timeless search for the truth."
--Chris Noth, Sex In The City, Law & Order