Having some fun – Movies and Music

Just got home after checking out a friend, Lauri Kranz, and her band Snow & Voices playing in Hollywood. For someone like me who does not go out on the town much, it was a great experience. She sounded awesome, the club was nice, and then we went to the very trendy Katsu-ya Hollywood where several of the LA Lakers were rolling in after their NBA playoff game.

Next up. this Thursday, the 21st, we are screening a film, Dreams Play A Part, written and directed by Emma Jones. The project came out of our screenwriting class, where Emma was working on a feature concept. She ended up writing and directing this 30-minute short which serves as the back story for the characters of her feature script.

Dreams Play A Part

She cast the movie entirely from her fellow Strasberg students and has put together a strong project. The movie is well-shot, and Emma certainly displays a visual sense that is rare among actors making their first foray into film making. It is particularly exciting to  see the film on the big screen after watching clips of it in editing. Should be fun.

More events to come as we have a busy couple of months on the way!

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  1. Hi David,

    I read the list (acting books everyone should read) but which of those books would you recommend to the absolute beginner? And any other books or videos you could recommend for a beginner? (i know its necesary to take classes, but im in south Florida and i dont know of any good places.) Im also planning on studying at the NY Strasberg Institute. Thanks,


    • Danny,
      The first two books listed are absolutely appropriate for a beginner. They do not require training or technical knowledge, but they do paint a picture of how we approach the actor’s work. Read those and then come back to me with questions.

      There are lots more books, and I have been very tight about adding to the list. Many books are wonderful, but I am not trying to turn out PhD students. I tend towards books that read simply and inspire you in the right direction.

      For a more step by step description of our exercises, I do not know of a good book out there now. That said, we have one in the works that will surely interest you. It is edited by one of our teachers, Lola Cohen, but it includes the work as described by my father using his own words. It will be a very useful guide for actors looking to understand what we do.

      Let me know what you think after you read First Six Lessons and Dream of Passion.

      • Hi David,

        Thanks for the suggestions. When will the Lola Cohen book be coming out? Also i have a few more questions, can you email me? Thanks,


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