A Field Guide to Actor Training

A Field Guide to Actor Training

Navigating Acting Methods, Studio, Classes, Private Training, and Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

by Laura Wayth


“Should I go to a school and get more training in acting, or should I just go out there and do it?” How important is training?” “Where should I go to get training?” “What is the right kind of training for me?”

Answers to these questions and many more can be found in A Field Guide to Actor Training (August 2014, Applause Books, $24.99) by Laura Wayth. Designed to be an introduction to various theater-training methodologies, highlighting their basic tenets, and comparing and contrasting each system of training and rehearsal, A Field Guide to Actor Training is a one-stop-shopping resource for student and beginning actors looking for guidance in selecting the training that is right for them.

Wayth starts with the big question, “Why is actor training important?”; then provides overviews of the major acting methodologies (including Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, and Uta Hagen), vocal training, and physical acting training; and concludes with advice on how to find the right kind of training for each individual and a look at degree-granting training programs.

Full of the information young actors need to make informed decisions and carve the correct career path, A Field Guide to Actor Training is an essential resource for the student actor.


August 13, 2014
Paperback Original
256 pages
x 9
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Laura Wayth bio picLaura Wayth received her MFA from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute. She has taught and coached acting, voice, and musical theater at Tufts University, the College of the Holy Cross, the University of Miami, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Florida Atlantic University. She was a 2002-2003 Fulbright Fellow to Moscow and a 2011 Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania, where she taught acting Shakespeare at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Wayth has taught and coached in Italy, Morocco, and China, and at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She currently teaches acting at San Francisco State University.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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