The Craft

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    The ABCs of Auditioning

    Auditions: Hate 'em; apparently can't have a career without 'em. They can put a man on the moon, but they can't figure out a more benign way to cast an actor, right?

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    Look to Express in an Audition, Not Impress

    Kimberly Vaughn, of Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio, urges actors to head into an audition looking to express emotion, rather than impress the table.

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    What Is This Thing Called Craft?

    Lee Strasberg once said, "Every actor needs a craft which is commensurate with his talent." Stella Adler said, "Without craft there can be no art."

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    Write Without Yourself in Mind

    Eileen Rivera, a New York-based writer and producer, found writing becomes much more effective if she didn't write herself into her plays.

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    Playing Lawyers

    While acting skills and legal skills are not completely interchangeable, there is nevertheless plenty that actors can learn from watching real lawyers in action.

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    The Character of You

    Teacher Matt Hoverman shares his three keys to successful autobiographical solo shows.

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    The Root of Good Acting (Pt. 4)

    The first common mistake that will lead you down a very bad path is judging the character.  To me, the root of all prejudice stems from our inability to see ourselves in other people.

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    ACTeen's Rita Litton on Objectives for Young Actors

    Acting is doing. An actor doesn't come onstage to feel an emotion but to do something. An actor should choose a strong objective.

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    Are You Director-Proof?

    Most directors struggle to speak the actor’s language. While some take an interest in the craft—even signing up for the occasional acting class—others have no idea what we do.

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    You Can't Think and Act

    The great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, "You can't think and hit a baseball at the same time." Those words of wisdom hold true for a lot of other things too, including improvising on stage.