Suggested Reading

“To The Actor” -Michael Chekhov  

These are essential techniques for every actor, and Michael Chekhov’s classic work To the Actor explains, clearly and concisely, how to develop them. Chekhov’s simple and practical method – successfully used by professional actors all over the world – trains the actor’s imagination and body to fulfil its potential.

This handbook for actors (and directors) has been revised and expanded by Mala Powers. It includes: a previously unpublished chapter on ‘Psychological Gesture’, translated into English by the celebrated director Andrei Malaev – Babel; a new biographical overview by Mala Powers; and a foreword by Simon Callow.

The Actor and the Target - Declan Donnellan

Declan Donnellan’s fresh and radical approach to acting takes a scalpel to the heart of actor’s persistent fears from . . . “I don’t know what I’m doing” through “I don’t know who I am” to “I don’t know what I’m playing.” The Actor and the Target has already been hailed by the press in Russia where it is already published:

“Practically and modestly written, Declan Donnellan’s book helps actors to release their talent to be free on stage. However Donnellan’s path leads to wider perspectives, his book is rooted in modern theatre, modern psychology and, above all, modern reality. Written with grace and elegance, The Actor and the Targetwill be thoroughly enjoyed not only by the actors of the new millennium, but also by those of us who see the stage from the dark auditorium.”-Izvestia

“Donnellan’s directing style is immediately recognizable in his book, drenched in its spirit of artistic and personal freedom. Unpretentious, straightforward, and pierced with acute insight.”-Kommersant

The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell

What the critics say – “Those familiar with the six-part PBS series on Joseph Campbell will especially enjoy this audio production. Moyers follows the same format as the TV series: The journalist plies the tuning fork to the teacher’s mind, and we listen as Campbell waxes rhapsodic on the hero, the nature of myth, storytelling, the goddess, and finally what we understand of eternity. The dialogue, like the video, is filled with Campbell’s wonderful stories and punctuated with illustrative sound clips, ranging fromStar Wars to the Oum prayer of Tibetan monks. This production goes into greater depth than the video text, focusing more on Campbell’s exciting ideas than his personality and work. Dialogue, of course, is the best format for ideas, and Campbell’s insights into myth and religion are a most refreshing response to our age, so deeply troubled with the clashing voices of religious fundamentalism. Let’s listen again to Joseph Campbell.” (AudioFile)

“The Hero with 10000 faces” – Joseph Campbell

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists—including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers—and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

 

“The Inner Reaches of Outer Space” – Joseph Campbell

Developed from a memorable series of lectures delivered in San Francisco, which included a legendary symposium at the Palace of Fine Arts with astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Joseph Campbell’s last book explores the space age. Campbell posits that the newly discovered laws of outer space are actually at work within human beings as well and that a new mythology is implicit in this realization. He examines the new mythology and other questions in these essays which he described as “a broadly shared spiritual adventure.”