Posts Tagged ‘acting advice’

Feelings Are Not Your Friend

Originally published backstage.com Nov. 28, 2014, advice for actors series. I was working on a production of “The Glass Menagerie” many years ago in upstate New York. We were rehearsing Tom’s “drunk scene.” The director called up to the stage, “What are you two doing up there?” I shouted back, “Acting!” He said, “I know…

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A New Lesson From Long Ago

First Published backstage.com Oct. 30, 2014 I was a student in graduate school at the University of Illinois. It was the first year of its master’s program in acting and, consequently, they didn’t have a handle on who would teach what. They lassoed in a woman in her late 70s or early 80s to teach…

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The Words That Hurt

originally appeared backstage.com June 12, 2014. In improvisation, you have to be your own writer, director, performer, and editor. I have one rule: You are not allowed to be your own critic. All actors want constructive criticism. That is the only way we can get better. However, there is a line. I have always doubted…

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Acting and Belief

Originally appeared in backstage, February 20, 2014. Photo source: Backstage, Clay Rodery. I got into a mild dustup at our son’s preschool a few eons ago. One of the moms was working as a teacher’s helper and was explaining weather to the children. She was not a scientist, but she was a mom—which makes her close…

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