These are some fantastic books for people interested in acting and understanding the actor’s process.
Acting: The First Six Lessons
By Richard Boleslavsky
My father’s first teacher – a GREAT acting book. The first thing I recommend every actor read.
A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method
By Lee Strasberg
My father’s book on Method Acting. Enough said….
Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions
Edited by Robert Hethmon
Filled with transcripts from my father’s sessions, this book contains phenomenal material. Fair warning – it is more suited as a reference for those who have some understanding of our work rather than those looking for a cover-to-cover read. Digest it a bit at a time, or use the Index for notes on a specific topic.
Friendly Enemies: The Director-Actor Relationship
By Delia Salvi
Delia Salvi studied with my dad and is still teaching at UCLA. A fantastic book with practical guidance for directors trying to figure out what to do with their
The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre And The Thirties
By Harold Clurman
The roots of Method Acting in a America were planted by the Group Theatre. A good read.
Method Acting Reconsidered: Theory, Practice, Future
Edited by David Krasner
Good analysis if you want to get into the Method Acting debate.