Actors must learn to become comfortable and natural while onstage regardless of whether or not they are speaking. Remind your students that characters don’t just pop onto stage and start saying their lines. They often have an entrance (see “Entrances” activity) and some silent business called stage business before any dialogue begins. The more immersed in the activity the actor becomes, the more believable the scene.
Here are over 40 examples of stage business and four suggested ways to use them!
- Sewing on a button
- Spying on someone across the street
- Fixing your hair
- Folding laundry
- Reading the newspaper
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