How does an actor decide how to say his or her lines? Every actor has their own way of developing a performance, but there is a shared language that most theatre actors understand which is derived from the work of Stanislavski and taught in most Western actor training programs. It is commonly referred to as the Method but there are in practice many methods in fact as many methods as there are actors. This module will introduce you to one such method by taking you through a step-by-step process through which an actor can turn text into a performance.
Note: The approach to acting explored here is decidedly Western and twenty-first century. For an alternative perspective, please look at our discussing of the Elizabethan approach to acting.