Actors have ingrained vocal, physical, and mental habits they unknowingly use on stage in the form of physical movements, vocalization, and character choices which can inadvertently communicate information to the audience. Rarely, however, are actors asked to play themselves and if their own habits are unconsciously being merged with their intentional character choices, then the audience's perception of the actor's portrayal may be shaped by unintentional behavior. "The Actor and the Iceberg" will be a synthesis of awareness building and control techniques for the mind and body, specifically: meditation, mindfulness, the Feldenkrais Method, and the Alexander Technique. The goal of combining these techniques is that they will enable the actor to gain awareness and control of their habits, thus providing them the ability to create a character with inherently genuine choices unblemished by actor tendencies. These ideas will be incorporated through the portrayals of Don Pedro and Wilmore in The Rover. The success of the process will be measured by a biweekly self-examination of habit recognition and control coinciding with a bi weekly examination via movement professor and stage combat instructor.
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Creane, Christopher, "The Actor and the Iceberg" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 489.