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    Stop Acting and Live the Life

    When I first meet actors at my studio, I notice one thing they have in common: a disease I call "classitis."

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    Find the Facts To Flesh Out a Role

    Like objectives and actions, facts can be a simple way to flesh out a role or save a floundering scene. A good script offers a number of pre-set facts—or given circumstances—from which to draw. While some actors stop there, facts have more to yield than what most plays ...

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    What Actors Can Learn From Reality Television

    If reasonable people are too boring for reality TV, doesn’t it follow that fictional characters should be allowed the irrational extravagances that reality television stars take for granted?

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    To Flirt or Not to Flirt

    Everyone flirts differently. That's the first thing you need to know if you choose the action "to flirt," whether in an audition scene or a performance.

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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.

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    Techniques to Help Physical Performance

    How to get out of the head and into the body.

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    How To Find Freedom As An Actor

    Freedom is the ultimate goal of technique. Many actors have no repeatable system of work. Afraid that technique will trap them, they use random instincts, which produce random results.

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    The Root of Good Acting (Pt. 2)

    If you are emotionally blocked, please be aware that such blockage is not your natural emotional state.  The natural state of every human being is the way the baby is in the crib.

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    Transforming a Play's Lies Into Fact With Stella Adler's Help

    Milton Justice wants to see the experience behind the words, not just a re-creation of the text.

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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.