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Category: Theatre Education

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Theatre Education

How to tell the truth

An acting game that teaches lying for the stage By Bruce Miller Harold Clurman, the great director and theatre critic, once referred to good acting as “lies like truth.” He

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Theatre Education

The prop shop

By Mike Lawler In one sense props is a shortened version of the slang noun propers—which means, basically, respect. For a classic example of its use, just have a listen

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Theatre Education

Would you eat them for a scene?

Sam-I-am in acting class By Bruce Miller The students in my B.F.A. acting program spend hours every day for four years developing their craft. Yet I still find that many

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Theatre Education

Character is action: Part 3

The third is a series on how to use the tools of acting By Bruce Miller During the course of your education you’ve probably heard your teachers say countless times,

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Theatre Education

Gotta dance

Working with a cast that has two left feet By Lisa Mulcahy Picture this: you’ve finally chosen the perfect musical for your drama department’s spring show. You have it all

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Theatre Education

Lights, and…go

In an article in our January 2009 issue, Scott C. Parker described the fundamental objectives of the lighting designer’s work and guided readers through the designer’s process of script analysis

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Theatre Education

Hair

By Mike Lawler When you walk into the wig shop of American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Ralph Holcomb seems out of place. If it weren’t for the intent

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Theatre Education

It was a dark and stormy night

An introduction to lighting design, part one: Script analysis, research, and sharing ideas By Scott C. Parker Lighting design for the perform­ing arts is an art form unto itself. At

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Theatre Education

Demystified

It’s a long running joke in the live sound business that at nearly any show, some audience member will come up to the console and ask, “Wow, do you really

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Theatre Education

Tactics

How to get what you want By Jon Jory Let us begin the new year with a fifteen second review of the acting basics that we’ve covered in the last

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Theatre Education

Learning lines

For actors, memorizing is still job one By Bruce Miller Imagine for a moment living in a time before writing was invented, a time when there were no books, no

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Theatre Education

Curriculum mapping

A tool to help you track what you teach By Karen Husted Searching for ways to support the value of theatre education is a passion for me. In this era

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Theatre Education

Questions

About a hundred things to ask school representatives You have questions. So do we. The process of selecting a place to study theatre is a two-way street. The school wants

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Theatre Education

Cubes

The ornate Parisian rococo settee and the intricately carved Louis Quatorze table will come later. On the first day of rehearsal, actors just need something to play on. The answer:

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Theatre Education

The show must go on

Strategies for using understudies By John D. Newman The auditorium of our high school was filled with a thousand sixth graders for a matinee performance of our 2003 production of Crazy

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Theatre Education

In the shadow of giants

Extending your students reach through puppetry By Daniel McGuire I come from a family of actors, but never felt destined myself for a life in the theatre. I had stage

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Theatre Education

Directing the design

By Joe Deer Scenery can tell the audience a great deal about the world they’re entering, and support the director’s ideas about mood, conflict, and themes. It offers visual interest

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Theatre Education

An acting teacher’s journey

What does it mean to be a good teacher? By Bruce Miller Outstanding teachers, it seems to me, are a combination of their innate talents and the craft they have

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Theatre Education

Taking notice

Helping your students build characters through observation By Peter King If your students are anything like mine, they are already masters at modeling. And why shouldn’t they be? They’ve been

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Theatre Education

How to read a play

Thirty ways to understand a script By Michael Bigelow Dixon Have you ever been in a conversation—or worse, a “classroom discussion”—where other people who saw or read the same play

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Theatre Education

The sonic artist

By Mike Lawler For Rick Thomas, the fact that there is no Tony Award for sound design confirms that the theatre does not hold in very high esteem the design

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Theatre Education

The actor’s toolbox

Ten ways to tune your performance By Jon Jory I’ve been chatting with you about acting for several months now. Among other tools, we’ve discussed the action (some people call

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Theatre Education

Introduction to film acting

Film acting basics By Nancy Bishop Actor training at the high school and college level has long been focused on theatre acting. Yet the vibrant images of film and television

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