Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.— Sanford Meisner
Instructive Theatre Actors quotations
When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.
Preparing a character is the opposite of building-it is a demolishing, removing brick by brick everything in the actor's muscles, ideas and inhibitions that stands between him and the part, until one day, with a great rush of air, the character invades his every pore.
Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
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.
There is a strange pecking order among actors.
Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on.
We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema - some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
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.
You know obviously a big TV or film break would be lovely, but I find that I’m essentially a theatre trained actor and that’s what I love doing. I love fringe theatres in London, I love theatres like the Royal Court, Soho and the National obviously and if I could work in any of those and be a jobbing actor for a while then I’m very lucky.
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.
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.
I believe in the time when we shall be able to create works of art in the Theatre without the use of the written play, without the use of actors.
An actor without techies is a naked person standing in the dark trying to emote.
A techie without actors is a person with marketable skills.
Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.
I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium.
I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room.
You need three things in the theatre - the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.
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.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
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.
An actor knows two important things - to be honest in what he is doing and to be in touch with the audience. That's not bad advice for a politician either.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women mearly players.
Young actors, fear your admirers! Learn in time, from your first steps, to hear, understand and love the cruel truth about yourselves. Find out who can tell you that truth and talk of your art only with those who can tell you the truth.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
Acting is not about being someone different.
It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre.
A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder.
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.
I think theatre is by far the most rewarding experience for an actor.
You get 4 weeks to rehearse your character and then at 7:30 pm you start acting and nobody stops you, acting with your entire soul.
I've never been a puppeteer, I conceive and I write and I design and I direct.
And not just puppets. I direct actors, I direct dancers, I direct singers, I direct films. I also direct puppeteers. I'm really a theatre maker, but there's not a word for that.
I went to Princeton High School, when I was very serious about being an artist.
I was in a theatre family but I didn't want to become an actor.
I had a teacher in Paris, who said that if an actor forgot what it's like to play as a child he shouldn't be an actor. I've always loved being with children. It's marvellous to see the fresh ways they see the world. Watching them look at a tree or a river helps you to understand something that's very important.
All the world's a stage.
Getting the call to be in The Goblet of Fire was like being welcomed into the most exclusive upper circle of some elite actors' club. You sit on set with the cream of the National Theatre and the RSC, all clutching wands or wearing witches' hats.
I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.