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Damian Lewis Writes Foreword for ‘The Outstanding Actor’ Book – Feb 16, 2015

The Outstanding Actor: Seven Keys to Success by Ken Rea, Senior Acting Teacher at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Who better to write the foreword for his Alma Mater than our favorite actor Damian Lewis!

This is a wonderful book with a unique take on how actors can get better and improve their chances of success. If we can all perform with half the warmth and generosity with which Ken has been teaching for the last 30 years, then we will have fulfilled our responsibility as story tellers and audiences all over the world are in for a real treat.

Damian Lewis – actor

Drawing on Ken Rea’s 30 years’ teaching experience and research, as well as interviews with top actors and directors, The Outstanding Actor identifies seven key qualities that the most successful actors manifest, along with practical exercises that help nurture those qualities.

The foreword, by Damian Lewis:

Foreword by Damian Lewis

Pictures from the launch party

Damian Lewis at the ‘Outstanding Actor’ Book Launch Party

Read a more in depth account of the book launch party and about Damian, the Grateful Student here.

The book is set to be released 12 March 2015.

Featuring contributions and insights from Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Judi Dench, Al Pacino and many more, The Outstanding Actor gives you techniques that you can immediately put into practice in rehearsals, classes or private preparation. It also shows you how to increase the chances of having a more successful career.

‘Ken taught us to be dangerous, to abandon any sense of failure and to take risks – that’s where to find creativity. A lesson we can never stop learning.’ – Orlando Bloom

‘The classes with Ken at Guildhall, I consider to be the most important part of the acting training. They are exercises in patience, unpredictability and encouraging students to make utter fools of themselves – vital for any actor embarking on a life in the profession.’ – Michelle Dockery

‘Ken’s classes were some of the most interesting that I was lucky enough to attend at drama school. He opened the mind to what acting could be.’ – Ewan McGregor