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Technique

A critique of critiques

A new way to look at scene study.

A scene study acting student should never allow the teacher to judge his work because it is always influenced by the teacher’s own prejudices, successes and failures. The acting teacher can’t help but color the student’s work with the teacher’s own tastes, style and bias. If the artist accepts these comments, their own style gradually becomes like the teacher’s—and continues to become so with each subsequent note or critique.

In the long run, no actor gains much by being critiqued or criticized. You might learn from someone else’s opinion. But you’ll just as likely find yourself listening to it and in some way compromising your artistic viewpoint.

So how do you get better? Doesn’t it take criticism to figure out what you do wrong and thus improve? Doesn’t it take feedback? Doesn’t it take someone who knows better than you? As radical as it sounds, and believe me, it is radical, no, it doesn’t.

Of course, this does not rule out that theater, television and film are collaborative mediums, and actors must collaborate with other actors, directors, writers, costume designers, makeup artists etcetera. But collaboration is completely different than a one-teacher authoritarian approach you find in other scene study classes.

At The Acting Center, you will learn the skills that build to a natural, unrestrained way of acting—completely unique to you.