Seven Pillars Acting
by Sonya Cooke
Cutting-edge, comprehensive, and effective, Seven Pillars Acting empowers the actor to transform into character with ease and authenticity. Inspired by the great acting teachers of the last century, Seven Pillars Acting is a modern method that provides a structured set of tools and a dependable process to access and cultivate talent. With many students of the technique now working in the entertainment industry, Seven Pillars Acting is changing the way actors approach the craft. Each pillar focuses in on a different aspect of acting; added together, they give the actor the complete skills necessary to book a callback, land the part, and deliver a performance that is both effortless and true. Young actors and seasoned performers alike not only gain a clear concept of acting, they also begin or reenergize their professional acting careers in film, television, and theatre. It is the goal of Seven Pillars Acting to instill in actors a technique that they can practice for a lifetime, without needing a teacher or guru to handhold the artist. The first comprehensive technique in the past thirty years, Seven Pillars Acting is for the serious actor who seeks a personal, dependable, and thrilling approach to crafting character.
Sonya Cooke is the creator and CEO of Seven Pillars Acting, with branches in Southern California, the Actor’s Studio of Orange County and Seven Pillars Acting Studio in Los Angeles. She started her teaching career by coaching actors in New York in 2008 and launched a blog on acting technique. In addition, she has worked with many institutions all over the country as a teacher, curriculum writer, and program developer; these include the Relativity School in Los Angeles, University of California at Irvine, the Guthrie Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and more. She coaches privately in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as internationally through Skype. Sonya designs the Seven Pillars Acting curriculum, trains and certifies instructors, and is the master teacher at both schools.
Sonya Cooke is a working actress and director in Los Angeles. Originally from Texas, she has acted in TV, film, New York and regional theatre, as well as commercials, print, and voice-over media. Career highlights include Louie by Louie C.K., creating devised theatre at the Guthrie, and playing the title role in feature film, Lily Grace. She earned degrees from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. She is passionate about acting technique and loves helping her students discover their talents.
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Paperback, 2018: 9781945572937
US $16.95 | Acting
Also available in eBook formats