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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9390 Santa Monica Blvd / Beverly Hills, California
Call (310) 746-4000
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (aka “The Wallis”) brings audiences world-class theater, dance and music, performed by many of the world’s most talented and sought-after artists. With eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles, and its notability as the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis offers original and revered works from across the US and around the globe.
Housed in a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot venue designed by Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA of Studio Pali Fekete architects, The Wallis celebrates the classic and the modern. This is reflected in the juxtaposition of the restored, original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and houses the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, as well as a theater school for young people, and the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater. Together, these two structures embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for LA-area visitors and residents alike. - See more at: http://thewallis.org/aboutus#sthash.pq6khx8j.dpuf
5021 E. Anaheim Street Long Beach CA 90804
Box Office: (562) 494-1014
Established in 1929, the Long Beach Playhouse is a landmark in the City of Long Beach. The Playhouse produces 13 shows annually while actively collaborating with other artists and arts organizations. Long Beach Playhouse cuts across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries to nurture and cultivate new and traditional audiences. Approximately 34,000 persons attend the Playhouse productions annually. The excellent quality of Playhouse productions is widely recognized throughout Southern California and both the Mainstage and Studio Theatrer consistently receive awards and critical acclaim. Season subscriptions are available for both theatres.
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Boston Court, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA
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Boston Court Performing Arts Center is dedicated to presenting works that are creative, bold and daring. We strive to challenge the audiences of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley with diverse programs in an intimate setting.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, volunteering time, or would simply like further information, call 626-683-6883
Boston Court has free parking in our own lot located behind the facility. The driveway entrance is located on the north side of the building side of the building.
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.
We Celebrate & Support through awards, grants and programs. We Illuminate & Document the people that create American Theatre. We Engage & Educate the next generation of audiences and practitioners.
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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