Acting is the work of an actor, a person in theatre,
film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying
a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.
From the Latin word agere meaning "to do", this is precisely
what acting is. In acting, an actor suppresses or augments aspects of
their personality in order to reveal the actions and motivations of the
character for particular moments in time. The actor is said to be "assuming
the role" of another, usually for the benefit of an audience, but
also because it can bring one a sense of artistic satisfaction.
Actors are generally expected to possess a number
of skills, including good vocal projection, clarity of speech, physical
expressiveness, a good sense of perspective, emotional availability, a
well developed imagination, the ability to analyze and understand dramatic
text, and the ability to emulate or generate emotional and physical conditions.
Well-rounded actors are often also skilled in singing, dancing, imitating
dialects and accents, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime,
stage combat, and performing classical texts such as Shakespeare. Many
actors train at length in special programs or colleges to develop these
skills, which have a wide range of different artistic philosophies and
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Modern pioneers in the area of acting have included
Konstantin Stanislavski, Jerzy Grotowski, Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Stella
Adler, Eric Morris, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin and Sanford Meisner.
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