The famed Broadway and Hollywood casting director reveals everything an actor needs to know to get the part.

When Streisand, Redford, Vereen, Tomlin, Midler and Hoffman got their first breaks, Michael Shurtliff was there.

Michael Shurtleff has been casting director for Broadway shows like Chicago and Becket and for films like The Graduate and Jesus Christ Superstar. His legendary course on auditioning has launched hundreds of successful careers. Now in this book he tells the all-important how for all aspiring actors, from the beginning student of acting to the proven talent trying out for that chance-in-a-million role!

What a book! Yet it’s so simple that you learn without feeling it happen. Thank you, Michael; we needed it. —Joshua Logan


  1. Practical Aspects of the Audition
  2. The Twelve Guideposts
    1. Relationship
    2. What Are You Fighting For? Conflict
    3. The Moment Before
    4. Humour
    5. Opposites
    6. Discoveries
    7. Communication and Competition
    8. Importance
    9. Find the Events
    10. Place
    11. Game Playing and Role Playing
    12. Mystery and Secret
  3. Consistency
  4. Some Things an Actor Needs to Know
  5. Monologues, Soliloquies, Style
  6. Pace
  7. Romance
  8. Musical Theatre
  9. Comedy
  10. Simplicity
  11. Observations from a Life in the Theatre

About the Author

Besides working as a casting director with Joshua Logan, Bob Fosse, Tom O’Horgan, Mike Nichols, Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Stewart Ostrow, David Merrick, and others, Michael Shurtleff still finds time to write plays and novels, direct films, teach his famous auditioning course, and regularly see at least a dozen plays and films every week. He does as he advises his readers: “Every day, learn. Learn enough so you can do good theatre.”

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