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  • Crash Course Volume 2

    Crash Course Volume 2

    Are you auditioning for theater and looking for tips on how to improve your cold reading technique or monologues? Are you graduating from a high school or college acting program and looking to polish your auditioning skills as you enter the professional industry? Are you new to acting and looking for advice on headshots and...Read More »
  • Crash Course Volume 1

    Crash Course Volume 1

    Are you new to the acting industry and unsure where to start? Are you graduating from a high school or college acting program and seeking guidance as you enter the professional industry? Are you looking to learn the business essentials for yourself or your child without getting overwhelmed? Then “Crash Course: Preparing for the Business...Read More »
  • 105 Five-Minute Plays Special Offer

    105 Five-Minute Plays Special Offer

    Goodreads Book Giveaway 105 Five-minute Plays for Study and Performance by John Capecci Giveaway ends April 01, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter GiveawayRead More »
  • 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance

    105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance

    A five-minute play? Is there such a thing? This collection of 105 gems says, briefly, Yes. Perfect for classroom study or to build a rollicking performance evening, these short works offer rich, complete worlds that are alternately lyrical, narrative, concrete and abstract. Some pack a wallop with powerful images while others use crackling dialogue to...Read More »
  • The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2016

    The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2016

    Here you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues for women from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2015-2016 theatrical season.  Many are for younger performers (teens through 30s) but there are also some excellent pieces for older women as well.  Some are comic, some are dramatic.  Some are rather short,...Read More »

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Book Reading/Signing on Thursday Feb. 16
Toad Hall Bookstore
47 Main St., Rockport, MA 978-546-7323


We are thrilled that Jeff Zinn, Equity actor and Award-winning director, will read from his memoir, "The Existential Actor: Life and Death, On Stage and Off" on February 16 at Toad Hall. After reading he will take your questions.

Many of you know Zinn as the new managing director of the Gloucester Stage Company. Both actor and director, he is well suited to share insights into some of the issues facing quality theater today. Actors, directors, playwrights and theatergoers -- you are invited to take part in this timely conversation. Refreshments will be served.

"This is a book for the thinking actor, and the finest actors I've known are just that. The best actors bring it all together body, heart, spirit, and mind. This book is for the actor who thinks about craft and influence, who thinks about the relationship of performance to living, who thinks about doing and what that doing means. Acting is a metaphor and it's a mirror, and, so, a theory of acting, if true, shows us to ourselves. Jeff Zinn knows this. He knows it as an actor, director, teacher, and thinker. His theory of everything is simple and revelatory." (from the foreword by Todd London)
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