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ACTING TECHNIQUE FUNDAMENTALS #1: ACTION

Being in action is at the heart of the matter in the craft of acting. “The actor is the doer,” my teacher Herbert Berghof used to always say. Good acting is good doing. Doing something physical to oneself, someone or something (objects/ environment) is the only way the actor gains trust, confidence and faith in his/her imaginary portrayal and so, consequently, does the audience. A complete involvement physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually is an absolute condition for practicing the art of acting. Continue reading

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“On my Feet” Scene Study Technique by Eric Stone

Make the place here and now/activities/objects/ condition/ atmosphere, and read again focusing primarily on those aspects. Never go for emotion at any early stage of the rehearsal process. Continue reading

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Understanding Scene Study by Eric Stone

First approach…ground zero…read, study, relax, let the play speak to you. Do not impose your point of view or judge too soon what it is all about. Let it work on you. Try not to read as your character but instead without coloring or emotional input. Read it out loud and with your partner as m Continue reading

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Scene Study Questions & Tools by Eric Stone

Scene study is a different process than cold reading. Cold reading is immediate, heightened, choices are made to give a “performance”. Scene study is a “process”, a day-to-day discovery of the play structure, its spine and theme as well as a discovery and exploration of who the characters are. The play reveals itself slowly from “ground zero”. Continue reading

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