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    • Acting

    • Acting is an activity in which a story is told by means of its enactment by an actor or actress who adopts a character—in theatre, television, film, radio, or any other medium that makes use of the mimetic mode. Acting involves a broad range of skills, including a well-developed imagination, emotional facility, p ... Read »


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    • Acting instructor

    • An Acting Instructor is a person, usually well educated in theatrical arts, who teaches, or 'instructs', aspiring performers on various acting methods. One example is the French mime artist Jacques Lecoq, whose methodology has inspired several theatre practitioners including Steven Berkoff. ... Read »


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    • Actor

    • An actor (or actress for females; see terminology) is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre, or in modern mediums such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The ... Read »


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    • Acting age

    • Acting age is an age, or range of ages, that an actor lists on his or her résumé. It is not a claim to an actual chronological age, but a suggestion as to what age or ages the actor considers themselves capable of credibly portraying. ... Read »


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    • Bit part

    • A bit part is a role in which there is direct interaction with the principal actors and no more than five lines of dialogue, often referred to as a five-or-less or under-five in the United States. In British television, bit parts are referred to as under sixes. A bit part is higher than that of an extra and lower than ... Read »


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    • Blocking (stage)

    • In theatre, blocking is the precise staging of actors in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, film or opera. Both "blocking" and "block" were applied to stage and theater from as early as 1961. The term derives from the practice of 19th-century theatre directors such as Sir W. S. Gilbert who work ... Read »


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    • Cameo appearance

    • A cameo role or cameo appearance (/ˈkæmioʊ/; often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts, typically unnamed or appearing as themselves. These roles are generally small, many of them non-speaking ones, and are commonly either appearances ... Read »


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    • Cast member

    • A cast member is: The word cast comes from the Old English word ' casten ' or ' kasta '(c.1230), to throw in, to consider, plot, imagine, and design. This ultimately led to its meaning when referring to a "group of actors in a play" (c.1631). ... Read »


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    • Character actor

    • A character actor or character actress is a supporting actor who plays unusual, interesting, or eccentric characters. The term, often contrasted with that of leading actor, is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation. In a literal sense, all actors can be considered character actors since they all play "characters" ... Read »


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    • Child actor

    • The term child actor or child actress is generally applied to a child acting on stage or in motion pictures or television, but also to an adult who began his or her acting career as a child; to avoid confusion, the latter is also called a former child actor. Closely associated is teenage actor or teen actor, an actor w ... Read »


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    • Cross-gender acting

    • Cross-gender acting refers to an actor or actress portraying a character of the opposite gender. It is distinct from roles where transgender characters or characters who cross-dress are played. In the ancient Greek theatre men played females, as they did in English Renaissance theatre and continue to do in Japanese ka ... Read »


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    • Dance double

    • A dance double is a type of stunt double who steps in and performs the dangerous or physically difficult dance parts of a character's role in film or television. These highly trained professionals provide their bodies, their dance technique, their physical expression and their artistry so that an actor/actress can pla ... Read »


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    • Dramatic convention

    • Dramatic conventions are the specific actions and techniques the actor, writer or director has employed to create a desired dramatic effect/style. A dramatic convention is a set of which both the audience and actors are familiar with and which act as a useful way of quickly signifying the nature of the action or of a ... Read »


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    • Dual role

    • Dual role (also known as double role) refers to one actor playing two or more roles, which may be deliberately scripted in a play or film, or merely be a by-product of a low budget. In a theatrical production where more than one actor plays multiple characters, it is sometimes referred to as an "Ironman" cast. In film ... Read »


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    • Esau Wood

    • Esau Wood is the name of a character in a tongue-twister and acting exercise. In the exercise, a paragraph of text is presented to an actor. The text, although meaningful and grammatically correct, makes heavy use of homonyms and intentional obfuscation. The idea is that oration itself provides very few clues as to its ... Read »


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    • Extra (acting)

    • A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). War films and epic films often employ background actors in large ... Read »


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    • Fabel

    • Fabel is a critical term and a dramaturgical technique pioneered by the twentieth-century German theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht. Fabel should not be confused with 'fable', which is a form of short narrative (hence the retention of the original German spelling in its adoption into English usage). Elizabeth Wright ... Read »


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    • Guest appearance

    • In show business, a guest appearance is the participation of an outsider performer (such as a musician or actor) in an event such as a music record or concert, show, etc., when the performer does not belong to the regular cast, band or other performing group. In music, such an outside performer is often referred to as ... Read »


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    • Impersonator

    • An impersonator is someone who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another. There are many reasons for impersonating someone: Celebrity impersonators are entertainers who look similar to celebrities and dress in such a way as to imitate them. Impersonators are known as look-alikes, impressionists, imitat ... Read »


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    • Leading actor

    • A leading actor, leading actress, star, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist of a film or play. The word lead may also refer to the largest role in the piece and leading actor may refer to a person who typically plays such parts or an actor with a respected body of work. Some actors are typecast as leads, ... Read »


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    • Leading lady

    • for the 1991 Marina Prior album, see Leading Lady (album) Leading lady is a term often applied to the leading actress in the performance if her character is the protagonist. It is also an informal term for the actress who plays a secondary lead, usually a love interest, to the leading actor in a film or play. A leadi ... Read »


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    • Leading man

    • Leading man or leading gentleman is an informal term for the actor who is the protagonist or plays a love interest to the leading actress in a film or play. A leading man is sometimes an all-rounder; capable of singing, dancing, and acting at a professional level. A leading man can also be an actor who is often seen i ... Read »


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    • Monologist

    • A monologist (/mɒnɒlədʒɪst/), or interchangeably monologuist (/mɒnɒləgɪst/), is a solo artist who recites or gives dramatic readings from a monologue, soliloquy, poetry, or work of literature for the entertainment of an audience. The term can also apply (often disparagingly) to one who domina ... Read »


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    • Movie star

    • A movie star (also known as a film star and cinema star) is a celebrity who is well-known, or famous, for their starring, or leading, roles in motion pictures. The term may also apply to an actor or actress who is recognized as a marketable commodity and whose name is used to promote a movie in trailers and posters. Th ... Read »


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    • Mummerset

    • Mummerset refers to a fictional rustic English county and, more commonly, to the English dialect supposedly spoken there. Mummerset is used by actors to represent a stereotypical English West Country accent while not specifically referencing any particular county. The name is a portmanteau of mummer (an archaic term f ... Read »


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    • Overacting

    • Overacting (also referred to as hamming or mugging) refers to acting that is exaggerated and overblown, usually in the pejorative sense. There are numerous theatrical euphemisms for overacting. "Chewing the scenery" or "scenery chewing" refers to extreme overacting, with the purpose or effect of dominating other perfor ... Read »


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    • Phonetic pillow

    • Phonetic pillows are pillows made in the various shapes of the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). They are used in the teaching of phonetics and speech, primarily in theatre departments in higher education. Dozens of theatre programs have used Phonetic Pillows, including Boston University, North Caro ... Read »


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    • Presentational and representational acting

    • Presentational acting and the related representational acting are opposing ways of sustaining the actor–audience relationship. With presentational acting, the actor acknowledges the audience. With representational acting, the audience is studiously ignored and treated as voyeurs. In the sense of actor-character r ... Read »


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    • Process of embodiment (physical theatre)

    • The process of embodiment is a development of a concept in the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and others that has found an application in the training of actors. Drawing on phenomenological insights, it attempts to bring body and mind closer together in the performer. The term 'embodiment' has had increasing curr ... Read »


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    • Scene study

    • Scene study is a technique used to teach acting. One or more actors perform a dramatic scene and are then offered feedback from teachers, classmates, or each other. Scene Study is a very broad description for an acting class that will vary depending on the teacher or school that teaches it. Its foundation is in the pe ... Read »


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    • Scenic bios

    • Scenic bios is the state of physicality that a performer generates in the act of performance. It is a state of readiness and energy that is above and beyond the daily. Daily energy is that which we all employ during ordinary activity. It is usually the minimum required for practical requirement. Extra daily energy on t ... Read »


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    • Screen test

    • A screen test is a method of determining the suitability of an actor or actress for performing on film or in a particular role. The performer is generally given a scene, or selected lines and actions, and instructed to perform in front of a camera to see if they are suitable. The developed film is later evaluated by th ... Read »


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    • Speak the speech

    • "Speak the speech" is a famous speech from Shakespeare's Hamlet (1601). In it, Hamlet offers directions and advice to a group of actors whom he has enlisted to play for the court of Denmark. The speech itself has played two important roles independent of the play. It has been analyzed as a historical document for clue ... Read »


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    • Spear carrier

    • A spear carrier is a nickname for a minor acting part. It generally pertains to a character that appears in several scenes, but mostly in the background. In the world of Opera, the term is sometimes used literally: When a male chorus is required, as in Aida, for example, the onstage "army", armed with spears or swords ... Read »


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    • Stage name

    • A stage name, also called a screen name, is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers such as actors, comedians, and musicians. A performer will often take a stage name because his/her real name is considered unattractive, dull, or unintentionally amusing, is difficult to pronounce or spell, has been used by ... Read »


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    • Stand-in

    • A stand-in for film and television is a person who substitutes for the actor before filming, for technical purposes such as lighting and camera setup. Stand-ins are helpful in the initial processes of film and television production. The underlying problem is that quick-and-dirty consumer shortcuts (autofocus, deep foc ... Read »


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    • Strolling players

    • Strolling players were travelling theatre groups in Tudor period in England, who toured the country delivering theatrical performances. They performed in "Inn Courtyards", which were houses of noble men. One of the most popular plays performed by these strolling players was Robin Hood. The English government of the pe ... Read »


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    • Stunt casting

    • Stunt casting is a term in casting that refers to the use of a gimmick or publicity stunt to fill a role in a television series or film. Stunt casting can take many forms, ranging from a celebrity or famous non-actor cameo appearance to the use of an actor's real-life relatives to play the corresponding fictional chara ... Read »


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    • Stunt double

      A stunt double is a type of body double, specifically a skilled replacement used for dangerous film or video sequences, in movies and television (such as jumping out of a building, jumping from vehicle to vehicle, or other similar actions), and for other sophisticated stunts (especially fight scenes). Stunt doubles may ... Read »


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    • Stunt performer

    • Stunt performer

      A stunt performer, often referred to as a stuntman, stuntwoman, or daredevil, is someone who performs dangerous stunts, often as a career. A stuntman typically performs stunts intended for use in a motion picture or dramatized television. Stunts seen in films and television include car crashes, falls from great he ... Read »


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    • Supernumerary actor

    • Supernumerary actors are usually amateur character actors in opera and ballet performances who train under professional direction to create a believable scene. The term's original use, from the Latin supernumerarius, meant someone paid to appear on stage in crowd scenes or in the case of opera as non-singing small ... Read »


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    • Superstar

    • Superstar is a term used to refer to a celebrity who has great popular appeal and is widely known, prominent or successful in some field. Celebrities referred to as "superstars" may include individuals who work as actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, and other media-based professions. The origin of the term in ... Read »


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    • Supporting actor

    • A supporting actor is an actor who performs a role in a play or film below that of the leading actor(s), and above that of a bit part. In recognition of important nature of this work, the theater and film industries give separate awards to the best supporting actors and actresses. These range from minor roles to princ ... Read »


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    • Title role

    • The title role in the performing arts is the performance part that gives the title to the piece, as in Aida, Giselle, Michael Collins, or Othello. The actor, singer, or dancer who performs that part is also said to have the title role. The performer playing the title role is not always the lead and the title role may ... Read »


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    • Typecasting (acting)

    • In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character; one or more particular roles; or, characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. There have been instances in which an actor has been so str ... Read »


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    • Under-five

    • An under-five, also known as an under-5 or a U/5, is a SAG-AFTRA contract term for an American television or film actor whose character has fewer than five lines of dialogue. An under-five role falls between an extra (a nonspeaking role) and a day player (a full part). Per SAG-AFTRA, for an under-five the total number ... Read »


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    • Understudy

    • In theater, an understudy, referred to in opera as cover or covering, is a performer who learns the lines and blocking or choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness, emergencies or death, the understudy takes over the part. U ... Read »


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    • Voice acting

    • Voice acting is the art of doing voice-overs or providing voices to represent a character or to provide information to an audience or user. Examples include animated, off-stage, off-screen or non-visible characters in various works, including feature films, dubbed foreign language films, animated short films, televisio ... Read »


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    • Voice foley

    • Voice foley is the non-talking "foley", or sound effects, that a voice actor makes to enhance a performance. Such sounds include grunts, groans, breaths, wheezing, humming and many more. The term is most used in reference to anime, but can refer to any type of production. ... Read »


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