William Wesbrooks' DRAMATIC CIRCUMSTANCES Hits the Shelves Today
In his groundbreaking book, Dramatic Circumstances: On Acting Singing, and Living Inside the Stories We Tell (today, April 2, Applause Books, $24.99), noted director and educator William Wesbrooks provides an exciting and eminently practical approach for singers and actors who want to think about their work in a way that brings them a greater sense of vitality, freedom, and empowerment.
Drawing upon his years of experience and a keen psychological insight, Wesbrooks utilizes our inherent attraction to storytelling. He presents an exciting process that allows a performer to extract from the dramatic circumstances of stories everything he or she need to bring characters and songs to a place of vibrant realization. His approach will inspire you to trust in yourself and your own ability as you use your mind, body, and spirit, so as to begin "living inside" your stories in a way that brings them to life for yourself as well as your audience.
The process is simple in its structure yet profound in its impact. Dramatic Circumstances will prove an invaluable resource for actors, singers, teachers, directors, and anyone else who knows and believes in the power of stories to inform and touch the lives of those who tell and hear them.
April 2, 2014
6" x 9"
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard
William Wesbrooks studied psychology, theater, and music in preparation for his theatrical career, which has spanned 40 years and has encompassed performing, directing, playwriting, and teaching. He is an associate professor of music at New York University, where he serves as the director of vocal performance at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He lives in New York and Santa Fe, N.M.