The Craft

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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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    Quit With the Presentation and Just Act

    Most are approaching their work with a seriousness that speaks well of their commitment but muddles any chance of seeing their act.

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    The Method and the Myth

    "I don't want to see or hear any of that Method crap!" How many times has an actor heard that from a director, producer, or teacher? Too many, I'll wager.

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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?

  • Advice

    You Can't Fake It

    Here are some signs that you might not be acting totally truthfully: unnatural body language, movement that's general, an unctuous tone in your voice.

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    Shakespeare Behind Bars Helps Inmates Seize Their Present

    I have learned many truths since founding Shakespeare Behind Bars in Kentucky in 1995, bringing art, theater, and the works of William Shakespeare into correctional facilities.

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    How To Handle Working With Celebrities

    Jackie Apodaca, the head of performance at Southern Oregon University, reminds actors that the stars on set are just like you.

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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.

  • Advice

    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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    How to Embrace Unideal Conditions

    With ample preparation, you’re ready to riff on the conditions at play and do your best work for the moment, even when that looks nothing like you thought it might.