actor v. director

“I met a Russian actress once who said, ‘The job of the actor is to direct the role.’ I found this simple trope profound and revolutionary. 

In our present theatre environment, too many actors expect the directors to direct their roles and too many directors assume that their job is to direct an actor’s role. But ultimately, if you consider the totality, the director’s job is not to direct the actor’s role; rather the director’s job is to direct the PLAY. 

The actors should consciously and intuitively direct their own role while the director is occupied with directing the play.”

– Anne Bogart

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