Welcome, TAS+SD students to the TAS+SD Actor's Access page!  Here you will find useful articles, links, and a wide collection of books and music anthologies related to your training here at Theatre Arts School of San Diego. 

Please revisit this page often, as we will make frequent updates. 

Have fun exploring!


Quotes we love:

By Constantin Stanislavsky:

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."

"Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you."

"Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors."

"The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the actor you could ever hope to be."

"Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet.  Leave your dust and dirt outside.  Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing - all the things that ruin your life and draw attention away from your art - at the door."

By Sanford Meisner:

"Pick up the impulse - not the cue." 

"Play.  PLAY.  It's a play." 

"Acting is the ability to live truthfully under the given imaginary circumstances." 

"Acting is behavior."

By Uta Hagen:

"Theoretically, the actor must be more sound in mind and body than other people, since he/she learns to understand the psychological problems of human beings when putting his/her own passions, his/her loves, his/her fears, and rages to work in the service of the characters he/she plays.  He/she will learn to face himself/herself - to hide nothing from himself/herself - and to do so takes an INSATIABLE CURIOSITY ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION."

BOOKS about acting technique:

An Actor Prepares
By Constantin Stanislavski
Building A Character
By Constantin Stanislavski
Creating A Role
By Constantin Stanislavski
An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary
By Konstantin Stanislavski
My Life in Art
By Constantin Stanislavski
On the Technique of Acting
By Michael Chekhov
To the Director and Playwright.
By Michael Chekhov
Respect for Acting
By Uta Hagen
Sanford Meisner on Acting
By Sanford Meisner, Dennis Longwell
The Art of Acting
By Stella Adler
The Technique of Acting
By Stella Adler
Acting: The First Six Lessons
By Richard Boleslavsky
By Michael Shurtleff


Backstage Cat
By Harriet Ziefert
By Sergio Ruzzier
Rifka Takes a Bow (Kar-Ben Favorites)
By Betty Rosenberg Perlov
Moses Sees a Play
By Isaac Millman
Kamishibai Man
By Allen Say
The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story
By Uma Krishmaswami



Sanford Meisner Master Class


Uta Hagen's Acting Class


Michael Caine - Acting in Film, A Master Class (recommended for teen and adult actors)



"The Feeling of Reality - Performance and Authenticity" by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Ayad Akhtar


"The Importance of Daydreaming" by Kristin Linklater, creator of the Linklater Voice Technique