Bruce Herbelin- Earle 2015

an actors range

When you begin drama probably as a child at school, or via a weekend acting class you basically run with the flow and perform to the best of your ability within the play or production. It is there the germation begins to the magic of acting - you know you enjoy it - but you don't question it or take it further thah class.

But as the enjoyment builds you want more, you want challenge - you want - to be an actor.

Now ok that's a very simple view - many move to performance stage sshools or begin to show interest outside school - that's how many have come to work here.

However at some point the question of your acting range and your personal preferance to acting platforms will come up.

Chance's are your early acting was basically you - but bit more over the top.

Or maybe it was in musical stage productions such as The Sound of Music or Little Shop of Horrors.

So before anything else and jumping way forward one of the key factors which can set your range is where you plan to perform.





The way you act will depend on your audience and that depends on whether they are viewing you live as in theatre work or recorded as in tv and film. There are a lot of factors here not strictly relevent to this short section - but covered elsewhere. 

So lets stick to the key aspects:-

Theatre Style Acting:- Often utilising one of more of the following acting techniques:-  

Stanislavski's System. ...

Lee Strasberg's Method. ...

Stella Adler. ...

Meisner Technique. ...

Michael Chekhov. ...

Practical Aesthetics. ...

Uta Hagen. ...

Viola Spolin.


Ok - let's not go there yet - this is about range not acting practice.

The fact is that for stage and theatre style acting the actor plays to a live audience on often a simple set [modern theatre].

The style is loud quite in your face with plenty of movement . Being subtle is harder because your audience is a distance away .