Theme I

Internal & External Worlds of a Character

As actors, we want our characters to have a strong internal life. But we also know that we shouldn’t externalize, or "show" or "indicate" to the audience what our characters are feeling. So, how do we achieve this?

The classes in Theme One focus on helping us practice manifesting a character’s internal private world as well as an external, social, public world. It is the constant interplay between these two worlds that gives our characters depth, and allows us to draw the audience in.

Social rules that limit and define "acceptable" behavior have made our bodies less expressive, and cut us off from our inner worlds. This makes it very difficult to manifest a distinction - much less a complex interplay - between the character's private and public selves. In this theme you will build your ability to connect with and interpret your internal impulses.