Ed Hooks was a professional actor and acting teacher for 30 years. In that capacity, he authored several books for actors, including The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook , Acting Strategies for the Cyber Age, The Audition Book (Winning Strategies for Breaking into Theatre, Film and TV).
Mr. Hooks was trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and studied with various individual acting masters, including Uta Hagen at the HB Studio. He appeared in many New York stage productions 1969-1976 and, in 1976, moved to Los Angeles where he appeared on more than 100 television programs, including "Golden Girls", "The Fall Guy", "Hart to Hart", "Murder, She Wrote", "Full House" ... and many more.
In 1996, Ed Hooks was invited to instruct animators for the first time, at DreamWorks/PDI Studio in Palo Alto, California. He quickly discovered that one does not teach acting to animators the same way one teaches it to actors. Given the opportunity to experiment, Mr. Hooks then pioneered acting training specifically designed for the needs of animators. After that, he wrote "Acting for Animators" (2001), explaining the techniques. That book is now (2017) in its 4th revised edition and is published by Routledge in London. It has been translated into several languages. Ed's most recent book is "Craft Notes for Animators - A Perspective on a 21st Century Career" (Routledge 2017)
He has presented his Acting for Animators Masterclass at most major animation studios and video game companies internationally.
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