Method Acting

Actors who have worked or prefer to work by “becoming” the character are influenced by the tradition of method acting, originated by Stanislavski(1863-1938) and currently taught by schools such as the Actors Studio in New York. This approach asks actors to fully immerse themselves in the general world of the play and the specific world of their characters. Method work is also called internal or subjective work because actors build the character from within, tapping into the parts of themselves that relate to the character.

Technical Acting

Actors who work technically tend to approach a role from a much more objective viewpoint. The technical actor uses powerful vocal and physical work to bring the character to life. The interpretation of the character is often more intellectual or stylized than emotional. Technical work is sometimes called external or objective work, because the actor builds the character through pacing, projection, vocalization, movement, and emotion. These are intellectualized from the script, but not necessarily “felt” by the actor. Technical acting is an important part of contemporary theatre because it emphasizes the disciplined training of the voice and body.