Acting is an activity in which a story is told by means of its interpretation by actors who adopt characters. This happens in a theater setting, television, film, radio, or any other medium or venue that makes use of artistic expression and storytelling.
Acting involves a broad range of skills, including a well-developed imagination, emotional facility, physical expressiveness, vocal projection, clarity of speech, and the ability to interpret drama. Acting also often demands an ability to employ dialects, accents, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and stage combat. Many actors train at length in specialized classes, programs or colleges to develop these skills. Actors and actresses will often have many instructors and teachers for a full range of training involving singing, scene-work, audition techniques, and acting for camera.
Often the myths and stereotypes of the arts lead people to think of its education as being frivolous. Yet the statistics prove otherwise. What would you say if told that students in the arts consistently out score their non-arts peers on the college exam? In the last study shown, students in the arts scored 56 points higher on the verbal portion of SAT and 39 points higher on the math portion. Students involved in the arts are four times more likely to achieve academic notice, hold school offices, win awards for writin and even enter science fairs. School attendance for those students is three times higher than for those who are not. Arts students readfor pleasure more often, and perform community service at a much higher ratethan their non-arts friends. Why? Because young people gain academic life skills through performing.
Theater Talk is the series devoted to the world of the stage. Now in its 18th year on Thirteen, it is hosted by columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins and features in-depth conversations with actors, writers and others working in theater today, as well as discussions about major artists and productions that helped shape theater’s significant legacy in New York City.
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In 2017, we will celebrate 100 years of service to the American Theatre. We have been tirelessly committed to championing and honoring American Theatre. By creating the Tony Awards®, developing educational programs and through distributing thousands of dollars of grants and awards each year, the American Theatre Wing is dedicated to preserving the past, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide.
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When most people think of live theater they think actors, playwrights, and directors, but successful theater production is dependent on integrated teamwork. This includespersonnel employed temporarily for a specific production, permanent staff of a theatrical company and individuals employed in a performance venue. Some of these positions, responsible for the development of a production from initial inception up toperformance, will not be involved once actual performances begin.
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Four hundred years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play. Yet his prose, plots and characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespearean works are required reading for high school English students and a course or two for college students who study writing or literature. The plays have been performed in almost every language, on stage and screen and at popular festivals around the world. Even in prisons, teachers find that Shakespeare offers contemporary connections that open pathways to learning for some of society’s most marginalized.
What is it about a long-dead poet and playwright that makes him such an important element of contemporary culture? How do we explain Shakespeare’s staying power in the lore of literature.
“He is the greatest dramatist, the greatest poet and the greatest prose writer in the history of the language,” says Alan Craven, who teaches undergraduate courses in Shakespeare and has seen all of the plays performed at least once. “He has a presence like Lincoln or Washington in American history. The language is rich, the characters are complex and many of his basic themes – love, treachery, honor, bravery and political intrigue – still resonate today.” - UTSA College of Fine Arts
A theatre director has responsibility for the overall practical and creative interpretation of a dramatic script or musical score.
They are involved in the whole process, from the design and pre-production stages, right through to the final performance.
Directors work closely with their creative and production teams, the performers and the producer to create a performance which connects with the audience. They therefore need to be able to coordinate effectively across a range of disciplines and with artistic vision.
“If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.” —Philip Seymour Hoffman on auditioning
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