Five and a Half Acting Tips Not Taught in Drama Class

The following tips are the result of working with actors, both as a fellow cast member and as a coach, actors who graduated from the best acting schools in America. Perhaps you have already discovered some of these tips on your own. If so, excellent! Continue your pursuit for more powerful skills sadly overlooked in drama school.

Short story: When my dear British acting coach came to my first production, his comment was, “At least you didn’t lean on the furniture.” Not much of a compliment. But even he had never mentioned the forbidden furniture-leaning rule and I certainly had never thought of it. It was pure dumb luck I hadn’t propped myself up on the sofa back or leaned on the end table. My aim here is to bring to your attention some of the unmentioned–perhaps unknown–rules of acting.

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