In Performance is intended for young people who are auditioning for both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional productions and industry meetings. Featured are dynamic monologues from contemporary stage plays of the past 15 years, chosen from the point of view of a professional acting teacher, director, and casting director. Along with covering the basics of how to match the best monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, the book provides a synopsis of each play, a character description, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will direct the actor toward shaping a complex, honest, and thoughtful performance that has a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions.

JV was the associate director on ROMEO & JULIET, and I found his insight on character development to be incredibly helpful. The man is a wealth of knowledge and artistry.
— Orlando Bloom
JV made the process so clear and focused for me. He helped me see things in a very direct and simple way. I owe my critical success in JEKYLL & HYDE to JV putting me the right place to tell the story every night.
— Constantine Maroulis