IS TEXT ANALYSIS FOR ME?
One of my great acting teachers, Michael Howard, once said, "Knowing that a role requires no preparation from you is also part of your technique." Choosing not to study text analysis can be part of your technique, too. Break a leg! That said, text analysis is the single most fun and demonstrably effective acting technique that I have ever practiced (although I did have a hell of a time once doing an Unrehearsed Scene exercise in Michael's class). I especially love actioning, which turns every rehearsal (even with a scene partner you hate) into an exciting game of How To Give And Get What You Want From The Other Character. Text analysis empowers you with information and insight, which can only make you a better actor. You will walk into rehearsals with confidence, take notes from your director with grace, and give performances with clarity and consistency. If you enjoy acting, then doing your homework to improve at it can only be enjoyable, just like spending your time getting good at anything else you love to do. Otherwise, why do it? Also, text analysis helps actors and directors communicate about process. Not only will you make and play better choices, you'll be better at defending and adjusting them.