Emotional power is maybe the most valuable thing that an actor can have.
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.
- Jack Lemmon
Energy is more important than perfection. Perfection is boring. What’s exciting is something that is alive, and things that are alive have flaws.
The stage - full with feelings and movements
Good dialogue simply isn’t enough to explain all the infinite gradations of a character. It’s behavior; it’s what’s going on behind the lines.
[Imagination] that has initiative of its own…will work steadily and untiringly, whether you are awake or asleep.
Don’t look at me now, dearest friend, look into space and listen with your inner ear. Music, and the other arts which follow naturally, will be only an open road to the whole of the universe. Don’t miss anything in it. Listen to the waves of the sea. Absorb their sweeping change of time, with your body, brain, and soul. Talk to them as Demosthenes did, and don’t weaken after the first attempt. Let the meaning and Rhythm of your words be a continuation of their eternal sound. Inhale their spirit and feel at one with them, even for an instant. It will make you, in the future, able to portray the eternal parts of universal literature. Go through the same experience with woods, fields, rivers, sky above - then turn to the city and swing your spirit to its sound as you did to its creative rattle. Don’t forget the quiet, dreamy, small towns - and above all, don’t forget your fellow men. Be sensitive to every change in the manifestation of their existence. Answer that change always with a new and higher level of your own Rhythm. This is the secret of existence, perseverance and activity. This is what the world really is - from the stone up tot he human soul. The theatre and the actor enter this picture only as a part. But the actor cannot portray the whole if he does not become a part.