Going Forward and Looking Back

Going Forward and Looking Back

In a culture where fear is the air that we breathe, it is hard to see how deeply fearful our education is – let alone imagine another way to teach or learn. Parker Palmer In my classes I often talk about building a specific school culture. In this new year,...
Embodying the Objective.

Embodying the Objective.

The single most important thing for an actor’s performance is the Objective. In Character Development, we focus on the Super Objective; in P&A, we focus on Scene Objective. Everyone has an Objective, and if the actor is not living out the character’s...
Perfection

Perfection

I had this realization that I found helpful in my life. I noticed when I worked I usually asked myself this: Am I doing this correctly? What do they want? How can I meet their expectations? Will they be happy with this? Is this good enough? But, if I noticed my...
Public Solitude

Public Solitude

“All of our acts, even the simplest, which are so familiar to us in everyday life, become strained when we appear behind the footlights before a public of a thousand people.” Stanislavsky It was Stanislavsky who first introduced the concept of Public...
Finding the Super Objective through Empathy

Finding the Super Objective through Empathy

The Super Objective, or Spine of a character, is the driving force of every character in every script. It’s the personal battle of the character. And, it’s this battle that creates the emotional bond between the character and the audience. It’s the...