Acting Techniques & What they mean …

These are excerpts from two articles about different acting techniques, what they mean and who swears by what!

Practical Aesthetics
This action-based acting technique was developed by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy and incorporates elements of Stanislavsky and Meisner. It involves a four-step scene analysis that simply focuses on the pursuit of an action; actors are taught to focus on what is literally happening in the scene and what is desired of the other characters. Practical Aesthetics is most famously taught at New York’s Atlantic Acting School, which boasts famous alumni Felicity Huffman, Rose Byrne, Jessica Alba, and Camryn Manheim.

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William H. Macy and David Mamet created the “Practical Aesthetics” approach, a technique that rejects the imposed complication of other approaches and instead focuses on the innate simplicity of theatricality and four fundamental pillars of an actor’s creative equation: the literal, a want, the action, and that famous “as if.”

Ultimately, there are as many techniques as there are actors, and various acting philosophies are merely tools for articulation in the creative process. Every actor applies different tools and techniques depending on what the part or project may demand. When actors are aware of, and proficient in, many techniques, they become more creatively flexible and capable.

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