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Imaging the Role

Imaging the Role

Makeup as a Stage in Characterization

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Jenny Egan


NLEB (Other formats: Paperback)
208 pages, 7 x 9, 229 illustrations


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Concerned as much with acting as it is with makeup, this work illuminates every actor’s quest for character—starting with a search for clues concealed in the script. Yet few actors fully understand the bond between a character’s psyche and physical appearance, and makeup classes seldom give the subject the attention it deserves.

Jenny Egan draws on her extensive experience to provide detailed instructions supported by clear illustrations for sculpting the face with paint, putty, and prostheses. She enlivens her instruction with personal anecdotes from her work on Broadway, television, and films with notables George C. Scott, Rip Torn, Maureen Stapleton, and Joseph Papp.


Jenny Egan is an award-winning actress, director, drama coach, and teacher. She has worked as assistant director and makeup consultant with the New York Shakespeare Festival and has directed opera and community and summer stock theater.


"Your book sounds like an ‘At Last!’ idea to me."—Tony Randall