IS ACTING A SKILL THAT CAN BE LEARNED? I would have said no many years ago. I used to think that you either had it or you didn’t. I assume this is not the case, based on my experience as an actor for over twenty-five years and teaching dramatic acting classes for nearly as long. Acting can, in fact, be taught. Passion, dedication, and perseverance are essential characteristics. Feel free to visit their website at Orlando Acting Schools for more details.
So, what is it about an actor’s consistency, aspect, or thing that makes him or her a good actor? We must ask the same question of Theater in order to answer this question. What is the basic quality that distinguishes good theatre from bad theatre? This quality, I believe, is The Immediacy Of The Present Moment. This is the aim of all good acting. The Actor is the only one who can apply this concept regardless of the play’s material, style, or direction. The actor’s ability to do so is unaffected by the written content. Only the actor can have the immediacy of the present moment. This desire to be present in the moment The most important and fundamental quality, in my opinion, that serves as the foundation and cornerstone of all good acting.
I believe that the ability to live in the present moment can be taught. “Theatre is a place where one man comes out to meet another, without playing any part, he is what he is, complete in himself — He just wants to meet,” said Jerzy Grotowski, a popular Polish teacher/director.
An actor experiences The Present Moment in this MEETING between two human beings.
An actor has his own instrument, similar to how a pianist has his own instrument, The Piano. The BODY is the actor’s instrument. The actor’s ‘resources’ are housed inside the BODY, which he uses to construct the life of a human being – a “Character.” What are the techniques available to the actor? WILL, IMAGINATION, and EMOTIONS are the actor’s instruments. The actor’s art is built on these foundational elements. These elements are established and reinforced through systematic practise of specific acting exercises in a classroom setting, ultimately leading to the awakening of the actor’s creative capacities.