Tag: acting

Actors on stage performing in The Addams Family.
Theatre Education

The superobjective

There’s what you want, and there’s what you really want By Jon Jory In January, we talked about tactics: the different ways you go about getting what you want. Now

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Page of a theatrical script with black text on a white page.
Theatre Education

Character is action: Part 1

The first of three articles on how to use the tools of acting By Bruce Miller When I began teaching acting twenty years ago, I was determined to make the

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Speakers
Theatre Education

Resonance

By Rena Cook How do you know the difference between the sound of a violin, a cello, and a standing bass? What is it about the quality of the sound

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student gestures and emotes during an audition
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The audition

How to make yourself look good If you’re planning a career as an ac­tor, auditions are going to be a fact of your professional life. Might as well get used

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Chairs, tables set on a foggy stage in a lighted theatre.
Theatre Education

Character is action: Part 2

The second of three articles on how to use the tools of acting By Bruce Miller Actors and playwrights have more in common than one might think. Both are charged

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neon light that says "breathe"
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Breath

By Judylee Vivier We inhale our first breath the moment we are born and embrace life; we exhale our last breath in the moment of death. Breathing is the source

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classroom of students watching instructor work with another student
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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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Three students collaborate as they work from both sides of a white board
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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a student shakes hands with an adult
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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Two actors on stage about to embrace
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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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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Three actors standing on a stage in front of a red curtain.
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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Group of actors and technicians standing in front of a large camera on a tripod.
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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Six actors downstage of a set to resemble a school gymnasium.
Theatre Education

No small parts

In the world of the play, everyone counts By Michael Deahn One of theatre’s great truths is that no actor is an island, with the possible exception of Sir Ian

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