Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Old School

I'm preparing to move and in going through old papers and the like, I found this and thought it was interesting. Thought I would share. Jewel Walker was a professor of theatre, has written, directed and performed in numerous plays and trained generations of professional actors, including, Ted Danson and Holly Hunter.

Notes by Jewel Walker on Movement For Actors:

An Actor should be strong and flexible; should have agility balance and endurance. These are the foundation upon which expressiveness can be built

Strength is the most important and neglected brick in the actor's foundation

An actor must be physically brave on stage, even daring

The most expressive part of the actor is his trunk

Anytime you make not getting hurt the focus of the lesson, you will get a lot of injuries

Training has never caused anyone to become an actor

Everything onstage is what it seems to be

Whatever you have done to reach the level where you are will keep you at that level if you continue to do it

People make a difference exercises do not

No problem is ever solved, but they disappear when you create bigger problems

The theatre is not about acting

Actors need to be able to express the dual nature of human beings: feet in the mud, head in the stars

The only value in learning lies in its power to move us forward

Whatever we think causes anything is not the cause

Teaching must address the student to the work, never the work to the student

There is no power to any important question that has any power; the power is in the question

The great actor is not a slightly better good actor

1 comment:

  1. I'm thrilled to find your blog and learn more about your work!
    I'm also interested in attending your spring symposium. Do have a date set?

    Thank you for the work you do!
    Jane Newkirk