Links to Books, Blogs, and other Resources

Below are some links to books, blogs, and other handy resources that I find myself constantly referring people to. Although many of these links are for resources that you can purchase, many of them can also be found through your local library or via interlibrary loan.

Speech and Voicework


Directing and Teaching

Audiobook Narration and Voiceover

  • Volunteering for Librivox is a great way to get some experience under your belt for audiobook narration. Librivox has a wonderful online community that is supportive of newcomers.

  • The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference is an excellent place to meet other voiceover performers of all skill levels and learn new skills.

  • Most professional VO artists these days rely heavily on a home studio. There are many articles, videos, and blogs out there on this topic. This piece from is a great place to start!

Rhetoric and Text Analysis

General Acting Texts


Monologue Tips

  • Always, always, always read the entire play. 

  • Never use a piece from the show you're auditioning for.

  • Select from a full text, not a monologue book. Not only do you need to read the entire play, but I guarantee the auditor will have heard most of those monologues in 101 Monologues for Young Actors before.

  • Choose active pieces, not passive ones. You want your character to be engaging with someone, not telling a story.

  • For fresh pieces, try searching for new works festivals online. Find a couple of pieces that catch your eye. Have they been published yet? Buy a copy. Is the festival going on near you? Go see some of the shows! Support local playwrights, support new voices.

You may notice that I do not link to Amazon for books. Instead, I am sending you to another online retailer, Better World Books. They offer free shipping (with the option for your order to be shipped carbon balanced for a small fee) and are a socially conscious corporation that donates to literacy programs around the world. You can read more about who they are and what they do here. I am also applying to become an affiliate with them, which means that I will earn a very small percentage (5-8%) of every item you purchase through a referral from my site. This will help me afford to spend more time on teaching and creating and research, and less time doing "survival" jobs outside of my industry. If that makes you feel weird, please don't hesitate to use your resource of choice. I highly recommend Alibris as an alternate source for purchasing books online. I choose not to link to Amazon for ethical reasons, but let's be honest with ourselves - they are our favorite Evil Overlords, they produce excellent television, and their publishing platforms for books and audiobooks are quite good. If you decide to order through them, I encourage you to use Amazon Smile. That's what I do ;)


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