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Terms to Know. Acting Techniques I. A male or female person who performs a role in a play. Actor. A person or situation that opposes another character’s goals or desires. Antagonist. The clear and precise pronunciation of words. Articulation .

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terms to know

Terms to Know

Acting Techniques I

concentration

The ability of an actor to be “in character”. In other words, to be like they character he/she is portraying—in dialogue, attitude, carriage, gait, etc.

Concentration
characterization

The development and portrayal of a personality through thought, action, dialogue, costuming, and makeup

Characterization
critique

Opinions and comments based on predetermined criteria that may be used for self-evaluation or the evaluation of actors or evaluation of the production itself.

Critique
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A signal, either verbal or physical, that indicates something else, such as a line of dialogue or an entrance is about to happen.

Cue
improvisation

A spontaneous style of theatre through which scenes are created without advance rehearsal or script.

Improvisation
level

The height of an actor’s head as determined by his or her body position (e.g. sitting, standing, lying, etc).

Level
monologue

A long speech by a single character.

  • Different from a “soliloquy” which is a long speech by a single character when they are alone on stage.
  • Both speeches are meant to reveal inner thoughts, feelings, and motivations.
Monologue
position

The orientation of the actor to the audience (e.g., full-front, right profile, left profile, ¾ turn in/out, full back).

Position
projection

The placement and delivery of volume, clarity, and distinctness of voice for communicating to the audience.

Projection