Milton Katselas to Publish Long-Awaited Acting Class Book

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Milton Katselas, director and founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school has consented to have his master text book on acting to be published. Acting Class: Take a Seat, is the book that has helped change the careers of George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Kate Hudson and thousands of actors.

Milton Katselas

Put the word on the street that you're writing about Milton Katselas, and every student he has ever had will want to tell you about the best acting teacher in the world…. They were born with the talent, but he gave them careers.

Acting Class: Take a Seat by Milton Katselas was previously available only to his students at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school in Los Angeles. It was originally a ring-bound course book containing concepts and methods that helped a generation of actors flourish on the stage and screen. Now for the first time, this all-encompassing book is available to the general public, inviting readers to enroll in the legendary top acting class. The no-nonsense Katselas covers not only techniques and methods but also includes valuable discussions on the attitude any artist needs to fulfill his or her dream.

Acting Class is the book that brings to every reader the approach to both the craft and career of acting developed by Milton Katselas, founder of the renowned Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school in Los Angeles, and for decades one of America's foremost director/teachers.

Katselas' Acting Class takes the reader inside the legendary classes he has taught for over forty years. You will feel as if you have taken a seat in the theatre, as much of its material is adapted directly from actual critiques of professional actors in the classes.

Acting Class covers in detail the three areas central to the Katselas approach: Acting, Attitude and Administration. The uniqueness and universality of Katselas' teaching comes from this three-pronged attack, which not only addresses the craft of acting, but also the proper attitude with which the actor should pursue his or her work, as well as an extensive section on the proper viewpoint towards career administration. While it is a book written for actors, Acting Class makes great reading for any artist, as many of the chapters take the form of transcribed conversations between Milton and actual students from the classes, covering life lessons that encompass not only acting, but the proper attitude with which to carry out any endeavor, and the specific choices anyone can make to make their career move in the direction they want.

Down-to-earth, accessible, funny, and conversational, Acting Class is the culmination of 40 years of teaching that has helped thousands of actors achieve both the art and the careers they've had in their dreams.

Milton Katselas' career as a director began in the 1960s with the original off-Broadway production of Edward Albee's 'The Zoo Story'. He studied with Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner at the Actors Studio, was nominated for a Tony Award in 1969 for 'Butterflies Are Free' and has directed over sixty plays in New York and Los Angeles. He has also directed feature films as well as television movies. Under the direction of Katselas, Blythe Danner won a Tony Award, Eileen Heckert an Academy Award, and Bette Davis an Emmy Award. The list of other A-list actors who benefited from his tutelage includes Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Kate Hudson, and Kim Cattrall, among many others. In 1978 he founded the Beverly Hills Playhouse, which has become one of the top acting schools in Los Angeles. At the heart of the BHP training are two books, both by Katselas: 'Dreams into Action', a New York Times best seller and international sensation, and 'Acting Class: Take a Seat'.

"Put the word on the street that you're writing about Milton Katselas, and every student he has ever had will want to tell you about the best acting teacher in the world…. They were born with the talent, but he gave them careers."     --New York Times

Acting Class: Take a Seat
By Milton Katselas
Release date: November 2008
$34.95 US/ $36.95 CAN
Nonfiction: Performing Arts/ Theater
Hardcover 978-1-59777-592-2

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