Comprehensive Contemporary Acting

A 21st Century Companion for Actors, Directors and Writers in Stage, Television and Film (Revised Edition)

"Comprehensive Contemporary Acting" is a cutting-edge, unconventional approach to the performance experience. Joining classic philosophy with groundbreaking technique, it is the film professional's shortcut to the hidden dynamics of a script, and a proven path to masterful work through the art and science of acting. Complete with hundreds of exercises and examples, including chapter by chapter reviews.


Shawn Clement Nelson, faculty associate in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, has taught and coached working actors in Los Angeles for over 30 years. His book "Comprehensive Contemporary Acting" is used in colleges and universities. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity. He is a produced screenwriter, and a stage and television director.

Praise for this book

Shawn Nelson has a great understanding of how to be specific in the work. With previous acting teachers, the information taught was something I learned in a vacuum, that really did not translate well in a working scenario. With Shawn, the acting is tailored for the camera, and I walk on set with a complete set of tools.

Actress Sela Ward, winner of two Prime Time Emmys
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Fleur de Lis Press / CreateSpace Publishing

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