NEW YORK, NY – Unlike the vast majority of acting books on the market, Be Your Own Coach: Emotional Preparation for the Film and TV Actor and Director offers an original and highly accessible way for acting professionals to embrace their craft on a deeper level through emotional preparation techniques.
In collaboration with writer and director Peter Meagher, Amy has devised a manual that actors can use to plan and execute the preparation they need on the set or at an audition.
The book includes:
• A step by step method for emotional preparation through easily accessible keywords
• Practical, workable exercises to enhance acting performance
• A renewed approach to character work and scene preparation
• Techniques for long-term character development to round out your preparation
• Personal reflections from Amy’s acting career
Be Your Own Coach is a manual that avoids an over-reliance on theory and concentrates instead on practical application. The keywords are quickly and easily accessible. It’s a guide, a pocketbook, a refresher, a companion and a tool that actors can have with them at all times, to refer to when they need it most.
“I really enjoyed this book,” says Drama Centre London graduate Alexa Rosewood. “I love the introduction and background, how Amy makes it personal, the clear and easy way she and Peter explain the exercises. Really excellent, very concise and workable. I haven’t read anything like it and I think it’s great. I would definitely buy this.”
Be Your Own Coach will be available in print, eBook and audible editions in early 2021.
As an actress, Amy Werba has appeared in over 22 international motion pictures, working with an array of directors such as Herbert Ross, Claude Chabrol, and Liliana Cavani, as well as actors such as Peter Ustinov, Mickey O’Rourke, Helena Bonham-Carter, Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She studied on scholarship in the early ‘80s under Lee Strasberg and Shelley Winters. In 1995, Amy created the Bilingual Acting Workshop (BAW) in Paris to pass on her experience to actors and directors from around the world.
Peter Meagher is a filmmaker based in New York. He attended the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, VGIK in Moscow and has a BA in Cinema from Paris VIII University. He worked with Amy at the Bilingual Acting Workshop in Paris for over a decade. He enrolled at the Digital Film Academy, New York in early 2019 and completed his certificate in Advanced Digital Filmmaking in 2020.