The Players' Journal


EXPLORING THE ART AND CRAFT OF ACTING

Extinguishing the Fire in the Head–New Article!

We are pleased to publish Jennifer Popple’s essay about creating and maintaining a productive and ethical rehearsal environment.  Professor Popple describes the tools she employed in rehearsing a production of How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel), and how she helped learning actors maintain emotional equilibrium in the face of challenging material.

Many of us have likely experienced trying times in rehearsal–either due to the nature of the material, the rehearsal process, or our own “triggers.”  Although hopefully less common today (certainly on the college campus), there are still people who–either through insensitivity and ignorance, or because they think it “works”–make rehearsing unpleasant or even damaging.  Professor Popple’s essay reminds us that it doesn’t have to be that way, and offers some sound suggestions about how to drive through the rehearsal process safely, productively, and ethically.

As always, we welcome your feedback!

Paul Kassel
Editor