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  1. Internalizing
    Getting within a character to learn what the character is like
  2. Externalization
    When an actor shows the audience a character's true personality through interpretation, nonverbal expression, voice quality, pitch, rate, and physical action.
  3. Concentration
    The ability to direct all thoughts, energies, and skills toward a given goal.
  4. Observation
    The noting carefully of people's emotions, physical characteristics, and voice and diction patterns from which characters are modeled.
  5. Emotional Memory
    Recalling specific emotions, such as fear, joy, or anger.
  6. Projection
    Controlling the voice's volume and quality so that it can be heard clearly.
  7. Motivation
    The reason behind a character's behavior
  8. Intent
    Inner force driving the character's behavior.
  9. Stretching a Character
    Making a role unique, individual, and interesting.
  10. Inconsistent Consistency
    That trait of a character that an actor chooses to emphasize, such as dialect.
  11. Playing the Conditions
    The elements of time, place, weather, objects, and the state of the individual that help actors interpret their characters.
  12. Playing the Objectives
    Methods used by characters to reach goals
  13. Playing the Obstacles
    The ways a character faces each crisis or obstacle.
  14. Energy
    The fuel that drives acting, enlivens performance, creates empathy, and makes forceful characters.
  15. Focus
    The direction of an actor's attention, action, emotion, or line delivery to a definite target.
  16. Uniqueness
    The actor's ability to shape a character's personality into itself and not make it a copy of someone else's portrayal.
  17. Tagline
    • The last speech in an act or a play
    • Usually humorous or clever
  18. Taking the Stage
    Giving an actor the freedom to move over the entire stage area, usually during a lengthy speech.
  19. Tempo
    The speed at which the action of a play moves along.
  20. Timing
    The execution of a line or piece of business at a specific moment to acheive the most telling effect.
  21. Top
    To build a climax by speaking at a higher pitch, at a faster rate, or with more force and greater emphasis than in preceding speeches.
  22. Up or Upstage
    The area of the stage away from the audience, toward the rear of the stage.
  23. Upstaging
    Improperly taking attention from an actor who should be the focus of interest.
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2011-11-16 02:14:58
Acting Terms Theater Part Five

A set of acting terms used in Theater 1
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