The Craft

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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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    Imagination is a Critical Component of Talent

    National Michael Chekhov Association's Charlie Bowles and Lisa Dalton explain why it's important for actors to leave behind the familiar.

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    They Call It 'Crafting'

    In the acting world, "crafting" is a popular word. But I don't know if the meaning of the word is really understood. Crafting begins and ends with the fundamentals of acting.

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    To Protect and Sing

    Vocal coach John Henny preaches three simple rules for keeping your voice in shape: sleep, water, and vocalize.

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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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    Bring Reality On the Stage With You

    Jackie Apodaca, an associate professor and the head of performance at Southern Oregon University, says before you go on stage, create a "moment before."

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    Play Is the Thing

    Children under the age of 5 easily slip into imaginary worlds of their own making. Is it possible that they hold the keys to understanding the fundamentals of acting?

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    Succeed by Staying Present

    Anthony Meindl wants you to surrender to what's happening in the moment, regardless of what you planned.

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    Hey, Teach!

    With apologies to Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to find a teacher. Check out the Back, Jack. Back Stage, that is, and other trade publications with ads and listings.

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    Screen Acting Demands a Conservatory Approach

    Stonestreet Studios' Gary O. Bennett wants performers to take screen acting seriously and stop viewing it as secondary to the stage.