Madeleine Olnek

Madeleine Olnek is a filmmaker and playwright who has had four films at Sundance, including the comedies Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and The Foxy Merkins. Her Guggenheim-award-winning SXSW film Wild Nights With Emily starred Molly Shannon as the first-ever onscreen queer Emily Dickinson. Shannon also credits her as “the midwife” for her SNL Mary Katharine Gallagher character while Olnek directed her in an NYU comedy show using the techniques outlined in this very book.

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For anyone who has ever wanted to take an acting class, "this is the best book on acting written in the last twenty years" (David Mamet, from the Introduction).This book describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young ac...