34 reasons to cross the stage. A super-fun activity that teaches the importance of motivation in stage movement.

Here’s yet another lesson that you will not find anywhere else!

Actors do not simply cross the stage because the director has asked them to do so, or because it calls for a cross in the stage directions, they must have a reason to do so. This simple exercise helps students grasp the concept that there is a motivation for every stage movement and in order to deliver a convincing performance, the actor must understand what that motive is.

Included are 34 reasons to cross the stage and three suggestions for ways to use the list. Of course, the list is set up on the page so that you can print it out and cut it apart.

At its simplest, one at a time, students draw a circumstance from a hat and then cross from one side of the stage to another using the situation as their motivation. Audience players must guess the circumstance based on the actor’s way of moving.

Examples of reasons to cross the stage:

  • To sneak up on someone
  • To accept an important award

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