Mary Lou Belli Acting for Young Actors

Last updated: November 26, 2022

This acting book is designed especially for kids and teens. It helps them to hone their craft and master their technique. The book covers auditioning, rehearsal, improvisation and so much more.

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Key Takeaway: This acting book is ideal for young ones wanting to break into the industry.

In our analysis of 24 expert reviews, the Mary Lou Belli Acting for Young Actors placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Do you know a teen that’s been bitten by the acting bug? Here’s just the book they need! Acting for Young Actors, aimed at teens and tweens, lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W’s: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic – but many young child actors are told simply to “get up there and act.” This book explores each of these questions, using helpful exercises to allow young actors to work through problems of character identity and motivation. With comprehensive chapters on auditioning, rehearsal, and improvisation, plus a primer on how young actors can break into film, theater, and television, Acting for Young Actors is every kid’s ticket to the big time.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

recommend for all young actors. quite informational, and made me feel a lot more confident while still being an easy read.
Unlike many books about acting, Acting for Young Actors aims to cover not one but all aspects of a stage- or film-acting career, from the basics of the craft to pretty much everything a youthful beginner might need to know about the business. I can't think of a single aspect of the craft that authors Mary Lou Belli (an Emmy-winning TV director and former actor) and Dinah Lenney (actor, writer, and adjunct professor of performing arts at several prominent universities) have left out.

What reviewers didn't like

A simple book I read for the last EAR Fuzz, it helped at times. For someone who never learned about the research involved with acting, it was quite interesting to read the different points the author had. IT was ok.
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