Below is a list of acting books, grouped by category, that are extremely helpful for actors of any age. You can also check out the links on the right for other helpful sites.

Good luck! May you find success at whatever you choose to do!

Books on Acting:

Acting A to Z: The Young Person’s Guide to a Stage or Screen Career
by Katherine Mayfield

Acting A to Z has a wealth of information about the actor’s day-to-day life, as well as practical information on self-promotion, photos and resumes, casting directors and agents, auditioning, performing, and more. Common words and phrases used in the business are clearly explained, and interviews with young actors are included throughout the book. Order now!

Smart Actors, Foolish Choices: A Self-Help Guide to Coping with the Emotional Stresses of the Business
by Katherine Mayfield

Devoted entirely to the emotional side of the performing arts business, Smart Actors, Foolish Choices can help you understand and eliminate any illusions you hold about the acting profession, and cope with rejection, depression, frustration, and unhappiness. Included are interviews with twelve professional actors, and exercises to build self-esteem.

Acting for the Camera
by Tony Barr
Acting for the Camera provides readers with practical knowledge about performing in front of the camera. Includes exercises for honing on-camera skills; chapters on imagination and movement; and material on character development, monologues, visual focus, playing comedy, and working with directors.

An Actor Prepares
by Constantin Stanislavski
This book is a “mock diary” of an actor, describing a series of exercises and rehearsals in which he participates.

Building a Character
by Constantine Stanislavski, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood
This is the second volume of Stanislaviski’s enduring trilogy on the art of acting.

Creating A Role
by Constantin Stanislavski
The third book in the series, Creating a Role describes the elaborate preparation that precedes actual performance. In this book, Stanislavski uses the techniques he describes in his preceding books to analyze specific plays and roles.

Respect for Acting
by Uta Hagen, Haskel Frankel
This classic is one of the best books on acting technique, and includes a series of observations and exercises for delving deeply into the art of acting.

Actors on Acting: The Theories, Techniques, and Practices of the World’s Great Actors, Told in Their Own Words
by Toby Cole (Editor), et al.
A comprehensive consideration of all aspects of the actor’s art and craft, as told by the theater’s greatest actors, from ancient Greece to the 20th century.