17 Practical Amazon Picks for Every Actor’s Holiday Wish List

Written by Ashleigh Gardner

November 3, 2017

The holiday season is coming up, and you know what that means: wish lists. Specifically Amazon. Who can resist Prime shipping and getting ready to tackle the world with your insatiable hunger for success? Check out these picks that should be at the top of every actor’s Amazon wish list this year.

1. An 18-month planner so you can sort all your rehearsals and auditions out weeks and months in advance.

Plus you can schedule time to binge watch your favorite Netflix shows. Get it here.

2. A notebook for reflection after classes/workshops, line memorization, or journaling.

Also great for taking notes your director gives you (instead of trying to remember them). Get it here.

3. These pencils.

Because, let’s face it, you can never find one when you need one. Get them here.

4. This awesome foldable rehearsal duffel bag (in multiple colors).

For every rehearsal everywhere. Get it here.

5. This water bottle (double-wall insulated, stainless steel, BPA free).

Stay hydrated year round. Get it here.

6. This unisex sweatshirt.

For when the theatre’s colder than New York in January. Get it here.

7. Throat. Coat. Tea. (2 pack)

Doesn’t matter if you’re sick now or not. Get your hands on a year’s supply here.

8. A binder to store every monologue and song you use for auditions.

There’s no excuse for not being organized. Get it here.

9. The Actor’s Business Plan by Jane Drake Brody

Using the familiar language of acting training, the book offers a method for the achievement of dreams through a five-year life and career plan giving positive steps to develop a happy life as an actor and as a person.” Get it here.

10. The Stanislavski trifecta (An Actor Prepares, Creating a Role, and Building a Character).

These three books come separately, but they’re essential volumes to read early on in your acting career. Get An Actor Prepares here. Get Creating a Role here. Get Building a Character here.

11. Audition by Michael Shurtleff

If you don’t have this book already, get it now. Up your audition game to 100%. Get it here.

12. The Art of Acting by Stella Adler and Howard Kissel

Here Kissel (David Merrick) has taken tapes, transcriptions, notebooks, and other sources to reconstruct an acting course in 22 lessons. What results is Adler at her strongest. Get it here.

13. Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen

“This approach helps actors to be specific in their actions in order to communicate an artistic statement. Hagen’s instructions and examples also guide the aspiring actor through practical problems such as ‘How do I talk to the audience?’ and ‘How do I stay fresh in a long run?'” Get it here.

14. Sanford Meisner on Acting by Sanford Meisner and Dennis Longwell

“This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays.Get it here.

15. A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Various Authors

A Practical Handbook for the Actor is written for any actor who has ever experienced the frustrations of acting classes that lacked clarity and objectivity, and that failed to provide a dependable set of tools.Get it here.

16. These handy Shakespearean lexicons.

That teach you what words mean and how Shakespeare meant them. Get it here and here.


Ashleigh Gardner received her AA in Theatre/Drama/Dramatic Arts from Valencia College and her Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Masters Degree in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is a playwright, an actor, and PerformerStuff.com’s Editor.