Two from the great Uta Hagen

“I must warn you, at this point, to avoid examination of any past experience which you have never talked about or wanted to talk about. Here you will be on dangerous ground because you will not know what will happen to you, and without an understanding or a...

RESPECTING THE WRITER

Once during auditions for one of his plays, the multi-award winning playwright, Harvey Fierstein, stopped an actor mid audition from further massacring his text. When asked politely to stick to the lines, the young man fired back an impertinent,

Words to live by

“Actors usually use only the superficial characteristics of their type. Their idea of reality is to be natural, simple and direct. And they have to be brought to understand that reality means dealing precisely and intensely with whatever the play is concerned...