The actor must integrate elements of history, have an understanding of the context of struggle (whether comedy or drama), and be open to the idea of existing completely in the moment. Hopefully, there is some fun to be had as well.
I've been involved with the theater for over 25 years. My credits include over 20 musicals, 60 dramas/comedies, and a national tour of the Athol Fugard play "My Children! My Africa!" I have a degree in drama from Carnegie Mellon University and a creative nonfiction writing degree from The New School. In my opinion, live theater has never been more vital and I anticipate that my students will have the desire to be the best they can be.
I enjoy seeing students finding emotional truth in their work and arriving at a place/time where they can truly become free of self consciouness and "plug in" to their character.
I would recommend any starting acting student to get lessons with Greg Thomas. He was a great instructor that helped me build my confidence both as an acting student and on a personal level.
Typically, I will speak with the student about the work they have done and ask some starter questions to see what excites them. The work begins with some Meisner and rhytmic exercises to introduce the idea of the importance of listening/hearing. Further developments would include exercises to explore stage movement, character interactions, improvisation, and short scene memorizations.
BFA, Drama, Carnegie Mellon University
Over 25 years as an actor, dancer, singer, writer, and choreographer (approx. 70+ productions not including strictly singer/dancing engagements)
Post-college studies: Meisner Technique
MFA, Creative Nonfiction Writing, The New School