The Truth of the Moment: An Exploration into the Application and Validity of Practical Aesthetics as Taught at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School
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After spending six weeks totally immersed in study, rehearsal and exploration, while at the same time living in a city of 15 million people, I find it necessary to seek solitude in order to collect my thoughts. Upon returning from New York, I have come to the Northern shores of Lake Michigan in order to rest, recuperate, and ponder about my time at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. I am also here to write this paper that is supposed to not only capture the thoughts, feelings, and revelations of my six weeks at Atlantic, but also to serve as a capstone for my education that is only three-quarters of the way finished. The constant waves of the lake are the backdrop for this work. I had done all my research before my arrival in Charlevoix in order to simply sit on the deck with a Corona, and type. However, to find the opening sentence for an all-encapsulating capstone paper wasn't the easiest of task. Needless to say, I got it, and I got to where I needed to be to write the paper; both the location and the mental state. My time at Atlantic has changed me both as an actor and as a person. I look at the theatre in an entirely different way than I had prior to my study there. Many ideas and theories that I didn't previously understand suddenly made sense, and I was finally able to discern between good and bad acting, as well as good and bad technique. The writing that follows comes out of my research and the daily, inspiring classes that I had at Atlantic.
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