Acting; the first six lessons, by Richard Boleslavsky, for – Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library | HathiTrust Digital Library. Skip to page content; Skip to text only. Richard Boleslavsky’s Acting: The First Six Lessons is a treasure-box of wise observation about the art of acting, all wrapped up in six charming dialogues. Richard Boleslavsky’s Acting: The First Six Lessons is a treasure-box of wise These six “lessons” — miniature dramas about concentration, memory of emotion, .

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I absolutely adored it. Thanks Boleslavsky for the honesty and poeticism about becoming an actor, but no thanks for the pretentiousness and discouragement. If you’re an actor, it’s worth wading through actig awkward presentation of this book to mine out the nuggets of wisdom in here.

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Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky

And it’s short, well written and funny. My teacher gave it to us as a textbook but to me it is a story. For this reissue the text has been entirely reset and the book jacketed in a contemporary design. These six “lessons” — miniature dramas about concentration, memory of emotion, dramatic action, characterization, boelslavsky, and rhythm — distill the challenge facing every actor.

These are followed by dramatic action, and characterization becoming the character, as a real person with real history. References to this book Patient-centered Interviewing: Reading as a writer, I found great value particularly in the actin of character-building, what to look for when observing, searching great works of art for clues about mannerisms, posture, etc.

Really well written and keeps you invested. I didn’t want to finish it! Very interesting, but since I don’t plan to dedicate my life to theatre, I don’t know how much it really helped me.


True but stupid, especially since I take words from a master literally and without my own spin. I really wouldn’t have read the book otherwise. If you felt happy and joyful while reading it, there is an actor inside you!! The simple exercises described in the chapters on concentration, observation and memory of emotion are great in honing in on those skills and improving a person’s capacity of experiencing the world which is what talent in acting is about.

Can you remember what you were doing yesterday at It is vulnerable and honest and entertaining, the very things you’d want from the best acting performances. They are certainly one of the most straight-forward and valuable lessons on acting I have ever had.

Feb 06, Dragos rated it it was amazing. I believe I can start developing myself as an actor even while I am working on getting into shape and freeing up my vocal range. Apr 03, Huda Aweys rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s written as a story of interactions between a teacher and student. When I was 20 I made the decision to follow filmmaking instead of acting, and while I don’t regret that choice, I am always aware of the true benefits that actors have in learning life lessons.

Nov 18, Sarah rated it did not like bolelsavsky. It makes theoretical issues so easy to understand.

Acting: The First Six Lessons

Although I have no interest in acting, this is certainly an interesting and unusual book to read. Apr 12, Gena Lott rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 26, Drea Kreth rated it liked it. It is in these moments that I think the practice of learning how to act really are the practice of learning how to live.


Every theatre student should read it!! Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can apply these words to learning to paint, write songs, act, or get through your day to day life. Other editions – View all Acting: I recommend this book to every actor not only as a unique quidebook but also as a source of inspiration.

It’s not so much about acting, but about living.

A fourth wall removed from a room? Feb 06, Katherine rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Although he directed Hollywood films in the s richaard s, his enduring work is contained in this book. Jun 22, Monica rated it really liked it.

Upon reading the Fifth and Sixth Lessons, I realized that this book would have done well to be advertised as a manual on life. No trivia or quizzes yet. First is concentration, and the ability of the actor to focus on their performance and nothing else. I enjoyed the book as a pleasure read, but as a definitive guide on acting? It gave me a new view of life. This classic work on acting is one of the very few that stands beside Stanislavsky as a must-have for all acting students and professionals.