UNC Faculty Author to Release Book on Acting

Womble interviewed 10 award-winning actors in the book, which sheds light on what makes actors successful. He documents the experiences of working actors by exploring the choices they made at critical moments in their careers and how those choices led to

A Tony winning actor featured in University of Northern Colorado professor Ken Womble's new book, Inside Act: How Ten Actors Made It — and How You Can Too, will join him to launch the book.

Debra Monk is scheduled to be among the actors appearing with Womble for a book signing at Drama Book Shop on March 19 in New York.

An accomplished actor and Associate Professor of Theatre at UNC, Womble interviewed 10 award-winning actors in the book, which sheds light on what makes actors successful. He documents the experiences of working actors by exploring the choices they made at critical moments in their careers and how those choices led to substantial results.

"The inspiration for the book arose from my work with aspiring professional actors," Womble said. "I've seen there is a chasm between learning how to act and becoming a successful actor, which many talented actors are never able to bridge. That is what this book does."

The book also includes interviews with each actor's "success team," their agents, managers, directors and teachers, to get their perspective on each actor. Chapters conclude with an analysis of each actor's success, and in the book's final chapter Womble identifies the most frequently used actions, skills and beliefs — the master keys to the actors' success.

Womble teaches acting at UNC, one of the country's top professional actor training programs — with grads appearing on Broadway, and working in film and TV.

To support this project Womble received a grant from UNC's Provost Fund for Research, Dissemination and Faculty Development.

Inside Act is published by Hansen Publishing Group and is available at http://hansenpublishing.com. Actors interviewed include Monk, Eric Ladin, Krysta Rodriguez, Tony Yazbeck, James Earl, Gary Beach, John Tartaglia, Robert Clohessy, Jose Llana and Richard Portnow.

For more information on Womble, visit www.arts.unco.edu/pva/faculty/bios/womble.html or kenwomble.com.