Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.— Constantin Stanislavski
Colorful Theatre Acting quotations
Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it's now or never.
Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage.
A man walks across this empty space, whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.
Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.
Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.
You can't learn to act unless you're criticized.
If you tie that criticism to your childhood insecurities you'll have a terrible time. Instead, you must take criticism objectively, pertaining it only to the work being done.
An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.
There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.
The truth of ourselves is the root of our acting.
An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so he must be willing to accept all experiences that life can offer.
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
Speak with honesty, think with sincerity, act with integrity.
Everyone has a different path. I knew no one in the acting industry growing up. I never did a play until college. I was not outspoken when I was younger and I hated being the center of attention. But I had a dream of being an actor. I went to NYU and studied theatre. I learned a craft. And began my career straight out of college.
In the theatre we reach out and touch the past through literature, history and memory so that we might receive and relive significant and relevant human qualities in the present and then pass them on to future generations.
An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents.
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
I hold theatre acting in such high esteem that it scares me.
There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things.
Acting is the art of speaking in a loud, clear voice and the avoidance of bumping into the furniture.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
The audience is the most revered member of the theater.
Without an audience, there is no theater. Everything done is ultimately for the enjoyment of the audience. They are our guests, fellow players, and the last spoke in the wheel which can then begin to roll. They make the performance meaningful.
Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.
The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.
Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.
It's not enough to have talent. You have to have a talent for your talent.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
Theatre for a New Audience is one of America's most admirable and exciting theatre companites...some of the best acted and directed work to be found on American stages, engaging with the canon of world dramatic literature in a vigorous way.
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
To go into acting is like asking for admission to an insane asylum.
Anyone may apply, but only the certifiably insane are admitted.
Just be truthful - and if you can fake that, you've got it made.
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.
Carry out a randon act of kindness, with no expectations of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women mearly players.
Acting in theatre or television or screen is only for the irrecoverably diseased, those so smitten with the need that there is no choice.
Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.
Dream Big. Start small. Act now.
Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work.
Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place.
If you don't want temptation to follow you, don't act as if you're interested.
Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.
Acting is not about being someone different.
It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act.
I did theatre a lot when I was a kid.
Then I went to acting school in New York. I did a lot of behind the scenes in college. I wanted to learn while I had the time. I studied theatre and film in different capacities.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.