The Craft

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    Be Intentional at Auditions

    Before an audition, Sterling Studio's Constance Tillotson says, know the character's intent.

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    The Technique of Process

    What inspires you? What blocks you? What rocks you? What delights and repels you?

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    Cheryl King on Renewing the Play

    Playwright, director, and actor Cheryl King sheds light on learning how to prune and shape as a writer-performer.

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    All Alone

    Solo theater is not standup comedy. Solo theater is acting. You take the emotional journey—as every character in the play.

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    Why Your Emotional History Is Important as an Actor

    An area in an actor’s work that is often neglected is emotional history. With history comes emotion, and it shows up in what the character says and does.

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    Acting as Dating

    We hear this all the time: Be willing to suffer for your art. But how do you know if you even want to make the necessary sacrifices to be an actor?

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    Gotta Be Me

    Remember that old Army recruitment ad, "Be all you can be"? One of the ways to be all you can be when acting is to blend your own behavior with that of your character.

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    I'm Not That Guy

    When creating a character, are actors limited by who they are? Actors sometimes play an idea of a character instead of a specific, idiosyncratic, actual person.

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    How To Get Cast in Family Theater

    Kids are the best audience you’ll ever have. They’ll let you know instantly if you have them enthralled by listening intently, and if you don’t, the wiggles, the giggles, and the talking will start.

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    Quiet! Someone's Getting the Job

    Film and television are reactive media. The next time you're watching a TV show or movie, notice that the actors listen and react more than they talk.