Theatre acting can be a hobby or a method of fulltime employment, there are hundreds of opportunities to use skills acquired through acting, whether it is for live productions, skits, television, or dance.
Theatre acting is a specific area of acting that is sometimes also referred to as the perfoming arts and involves live performers, actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience – often on a stage. The performers may choose to communicate the experience in a variety of ways and there are different schools of acting to support each one, be it through gesture, speech, song, music or dance.
It is believed the origins of theatre acting lie in Ancient Greece and in particular the city-state of Athens. In those times it was part of a broader culture of theatricality and performance that included festivals, rituals, politices, law, athletics, music, poetry, weddings, and more.
Today, theatre acting is usually split into one of five types: drama, musical theatre, comedy, tragedy, and improvisation.
The process of learning to act and the skills acquired can be used throughout one’s life and lend themselves to more areas than simply the stage. Unless embarking on some form of silent acting, oral communication skills are one of the first areas to develop on stage. Acting can be empowering, and as a result, it helps develop confidence that is essential to speaking lucidly, powerfully, and thoughtfully.
Theatre acting can also develop one’s ability to cooperate and work cooperatively. It is imperative to learn to work with others, from fellow actors to stagehands and costume designers, in order to be successful on stage. The success, or failure, of any theatre production, often boils down to the cooperative effort of everyone involved rather than a single actor or producer.
It has also been suggested that theatre acting can be a good source of creative problem-solving. The famous saying, ‘The show must go on’ is testament to this. If there is ever a problem on stage – perhaps one’s co-actor forget their lines or an important prop were to break – a successful theatre actor would have the ability to think on their feet and solve the problem, creatively and effectively.
Theatre acting lessons generally vary on the nature and style of the session. Group sessions are commonplace in learning how to act, although one-to-one lessons tend to provide a quicker and more effective way of developing acting skills.
There are many different forms of acting lessons that can be undertaken via the TutorExtra platform, be it drama, improvisational comedy, dance, theatrical dance, musical theatre, or theatre acting. The cost of Theatre acting lessons are dependent on the expertise of the tutor and can start from as little as £5 per session ranging to £40 per session. At TutorExtra we aim to provide comprehensive access to tutors of all grades and levels in 1000s of subject areas.