“Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you just thought of them that instant.” — Glenda Jackson
When something bad happens: True is it that we have seen better days. When something REALLY bad happens: O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day. Most woeful day That ever, ever I did yet behold! O day, O day, O day! O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as … More A dramatic Shakespearean response to every situation
“Many times when I ask an actor what his goal is in a scene, he will tell me, ‘I want to get away from this person. I want to run out of this room.’ I then ask, ‘Why don’t you run? What keeps you there?’ The answer to these questions is what makes the actor … More why don’t we run?
“I’ll never understand why funding for the arts is the first thing to get cut. Music is math. Theatre is English. Tech is science. Dance is physical education. The arts are everything.” – Jay Armstrong Johnson
“There is a Japanese word, ‘sat’. A theatre director once described the meaning of this word to me as the moment right before a performer walks onstage when the heart is racing with the knowledge that anything could happen, the moment right before creation, the moment of crisis. This is very close to the Sanskrit … More the moment of crisis
“Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend – someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.” – Sir Patrick Stewart
“We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.” … More We are nouns, we are verbs