The ideas of great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the greatest actors.
-Stella Adler


All of these books are recommended for beginning actors and civilians who want to understand more about the art of acting. (The most important books for beginners are at the top.) This list is updated frequently.

The Actor's Studio: A Player's Place

The Actor's Eye by Morris Karnovsky

Shelley: Also known as Shirley , Shelley Winters part 2

Peter Brook and Traditional Thought, Basarab Nicolescu

Sean Penn's letter to George W. Bush Watch here

The New York Times- theater section

Liking is for Cowards- (Fantastic NY Times article! May 2011)

Virtual Channel Network - Insights into how Hollywood Casting Directors work

NY Times article on GENIUS, July, 2014

If you want to go deeper...

Procrastinators click here!

The National Theater LIVE! -Watch live performances from the National Theater in London

The Congress
* a must see 2014 film by Ari Folman
Pleasantville with Toby Maguire and Reese Witherspoon
Broadway: The Golden Age by Rick McKay
Hearts of Darkness, Eleanor Coppola (a documentary)
The Burning Times, Donna Reed (on women & spirituality)*
I'll Do Anything (with Nick Nolte)*
Vanya on 42nd St., Louis Malle, with Julianne Moore *
Stella Adler: Awake and Dream(a documentary on her teaching)
Joseph Campbell interview with Bill Moyers
Looking for Richard, Al Pacino*Pacino- An Actor's Vision collection
Stanislavsky Century (available from the library) a 3 part video
Esther Kahn, starring Summer Phoenix*
Mephisto, starring Klaus Maria Brandauer*
The Hours
The Pianist, Roman Polansky
What the Bleep do we Know
Frances, starring Jessica Lange
Beyond the Sea- Kevin Spacey*
Searching for Debra Winger- Rosanna Arquette
Lenny- The story of Lenny Bruce, dir. Bob Fosse
The Best of Youth (Italian)
In America *
Being Julia *
Dogville, Lars Von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman
The Lives of Others *
Mulholland Drive, starring Naomi Watts
Into the Wild
The Gods Must be Crazy
Unscripted, directed by Steven Soderberg, produced by George Clooney *
Tetro *
Youth without Youth
I am Love
Two Lovers
The Hurt Locker
The Burning Plain
After the Wedding
Meetings with Remarkable Men - Peter Brook
Withnail & I
The Names of Love
Black Swan*
The Kings Speech*
Capote and Infamous (back to back)
An Education

*= A film that is also an acting class. (streaming Indie Films)


Listen to Charlie Kaufman speak about being an artist in the film industry.

Listen to Susan Batson interview on radio

Dr. Mario Martinez- How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body
This free itunes podcast is a definitive explination of how Method Acting works from a scientific point of view.
Click here-

Lenny Bruce at Carnegie Hall (Listen now on iTunes!)

Sherry Turkel -talking about technology and our sense of self

Audio Plays
Los Angeles Theater Works


Mr. Rogers interviews Lee Strasberg (not kidding!)

Meryl Streep Interview on Acting

Alec Balddwin introducing Al Pacino at Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award

Daniel Day Lewis - Interview

Daniel Day Lewis - another Interview

Daniel Day Lewis - getting SAG award

Juliette Binoche on Charlie Rose

Juliette Binoche on Inside the Actors Studio

Tupac talks about acting

Naomi Watts on Charlie Rose

Jude Law on Charlie Rose, speaking about playing Hamlet

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Micky Rourke, Frank Langella talk to Charlie Rose

Marilyn Monroe - Lee Strasberg

Brando Method Discussion Part 1

Marlon Brando interview 1989

Marlon Brando Interview Dick Cavett 1973

Sammy David Jr.

Stella Adler teaching

Uta Hagen Part 1

Sean Penn on Marlon Brando and the art of acting

Cate Blanchett on Charlie Rose

Bradley Cooper on Inside the Actors Studio

Thandie Newman on

Al Pacino on Inside the Actors Studio

Estelle Parsons- Oscar winner and Artistic dir. of the Actors Studio (4 part interview!)

Angelina Jolie on Inside the Actors Studio

Method Acting- "Red Method Acting"

MIchelle Williams- Interview

Dennis Hopper on Method Acting

James Dean (Masters) Part 1

James Dean- Interview

James Dean- speaking with his father

Marlon Brando on Larry King Live

Theater of War- Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

Sandy Meisner - What we learn in acting class

Meryl Streep on auditioning




Alan Watts -Out of Your Mind (I & II)

Alan Watts - animated by South Park creators

Alan Watts- How Do We Define Ourselves?

Liz Coleman's call to reinvent Liberal Arts Education

Jill Bolte Taylor's Stroke of Insight- The Left and Right Brain

Iain McGilchrist fine tunes The Left and Right Brain connection

Dr. Cornel West- On Being Human

The Century of the Self

Eve Ensler - A talk for actors

J.K Rowling Commencement speech at Harvard

Dana Gould (Family Guy) and Brian discuss his book 'Wish It, Want It, Do It!'

Royal Society of Art youtube on empathy

Smile or Die

The Secret Powers of Time

Noomi Rapace speaks about developing her character The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Jaron Lanier speaks about You Are Not A Gadget

The Burning Times

The Girl Who Silenced the World at the U.N. for 5 minutes

Speak with Conviction

Fishead- Essential watching for aspiring actors and actresses.

Al Pacino talks about the great actor John Cazalle

Eat, Pray, Love author, Elisabeth Gilbert's TED talk on GENIUS

The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels


15 free things to do
Here are some of the artists, books, films and current events that have inspired me and shape my work. SM

1. Touched by Duse
2. Read chapters 1 & 2 of Respect for Acting by Ute Hagen.

3. Read The Art of Acting by Stella Adler.
4. Watch 'Inside the Actors Studio' on BRAVO! TV.
5. Listen to Sherry Turkel talk about technology and emotions
6. Click here to listen to Alec Baldwin on Fresh Air!
7. Watch 'Looking for Richard' by Al Pacino
8. the Soul of the American
9. James Grissom blog - Interviews with Great Actors
10. Watch 'Searching for Debra Winger' by Rosanna Arquette
11. Watch 'Esther Kahn' with Summer Phoenix
12. Read TRUTH by Susan Batson (Shelley Mitchell is recommended by Susan!)
13. Listen to Susan Batson here on NPR
or here on On Point
14. Watch Jill Bolte Taylor and read her book My Stroke of Insight
15. Watch Jaron Lanier and read his book You Are Not A Gadget


scripts- plays & films
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Drama Bookshop- NYC
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