On Acting, Singing, and Living
Inside the Stories We Tell
by William Wesbrooks
“If you are a student of singing and acting, your study is made up of many separate parts – the bits and pieces of information that you glean from many different teachers in different areas of study. The goal is to take those separate parts and bring them together into a unified whole.”
With that straightforward premise, noted director and educator William Wesbrooks opens his groundbreaking book, Dramatic Circumstances (April 2, Applause Books, $24.99) in which he provides an exciting and eminently practical approach for singers and actors who want to think about their work in a way that brings them a greater sense of vitality, freedom, and empowerment.
Drawing upon his years of experience and a keen psychological insight, Wesbrooks utilizes our inherent attraction to storytelling. He presents an exciting process that allows performers to extract from the dramatic circumstances of stories everything they need to bring the characters they play and the songs they sing to a place of vibrant realization. His approach will inspire actors to trust in themselves and their own abilities as they use their mind, body, and spirit, so as to begin “living inside” the stories in a way that brings them to life for them as well as their audience.
The process is simple in its structure yet profound in its impact. Dramatic Circumstances will prove an invaluable resource for actors, singers, teachers, directors, and anyone else who knows and believes in the power of stories to inform and touch the lives of those who tell and hear them.
April 2, 2014
6″ x 9″
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
William Wesbrooks studies psychology, theater, and music in preparation for his theatrical career, which has spanned 40 years and has encompassed performing, directing, playwriting, and teaching. He is currently a Music Associate Professor at New York University, where he serves as the Director of Vocal Performance at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He divides his time between New York City and his home in Santa Fe, N.M.