HOW IS TEXT ANALYSIS DIFFERENT
FROM OTHER ACTING TECHNIQUES?


Acting training in the United States tends to focus on profound inner experiences, emotional life, and memories, and is practiced through a variety of challenging and sometimes esoteric exercises. Every actor should study these powerful techniques and discover for herself how they can serve her, but these methods are the "run" that follows the "walk" of text analysis. Text analysis is just one more tool in your kit. It informs Method-based work, and vice versa. It's often neglected in acting instruction, maybe because it lacks the mystique of Method-style training, or because it's not recognized as a system unto itself and is considered instinctive. But no amount of emotional authenticity can help an actor who doesn't fully understand the story or what her character is up to. Careers can be built on intuition, depth, and charisma, but without a foundation in the art of making choices, even the most successful actor can find herself lost in crucial challenges. Text analysis is the actor's most powerful asset when the director asks, "What are you doing in this moment?"

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