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Mark Olsen has a background both in professional theater and also on the spiritual path. He first studied acting in college, then studied Kabbalist mime, shaman theater-craft, and experimental theater. He has been on Broadway, toured with the mime/mask group Mummenschanz, and has taught at the University of Houston and Wright State University. He is a professor of acting and movement with the Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre and the author of The Actor with a Thousand Faces and The Conception Mandala. He lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
"Had I read this book in my mid-twenties I would have been spared a lot of self-inflicted torment. It is scholarly and wise, yet enormously accessible, and filled with information that can take any actor deeper into his craft and more importantly into a deeper perception of his own life. This book can be of great service to many young actors and any number of laypeople as well." --Alan Arkin, actor "In this ground-breaking and stimulating book, the author reminds us of the spiritual longings that gave rise to the craft of acting in the distant past; he skillfully details how the spiritual path to awakening parallels, in important aspects, the path of the actor as he prepares his body, voice, intellect and spirit for the practice of his craft." --Ruby Allen, PhD, director of voice and speech training, Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training at Florida State University