Renewal means creation, making something out of nothing. Actors and actresses do this on a daily basis, giving a scripted character life on stage. Such acting creates a toll, as the stakes are high to give the best performance every night, six days a week. A look into the life of a Broadway actor or Hollywood star details the effects of the Lee Strasberg acting method called, “method acting.” This method requires performers to create a realistic performance by becoming intensely in-character to the point where the performer substitutes their personal thoughts and emotions with the character’s. For some performers achieving this level of acting means getting into character as soon as they arrive at the theater, for others it means never completely getting out of character. The latter occurs when “method acting” reaches a psychologically and emotionally damaging level. Research shows fatigue, anxiety, personality changes, and psychotic disorders follow an intensive role on stage. Such cognitive challenges negatively affect a performer’s problem solving, reasoning, memory, and perception in their common life. My research raises awareness for folks not connected to the theater role on what can be at risk when partaking in the Lee Strasberg Method.
- Paper Presentation
- Psychology and Theater
Lee Strasberg’s theory, “method acting,” requires performers to create a realistic performance by becoming intensely in-character to the point where the performer substitutes their personal thoughts and emotions with the character’s. Method acting causes cognitive distress, physical damage and even death. How far is too far in terms of entertainment?
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