Many aspiring actors believe that they have to put their entire focus on either screen or stage. If passions lie in being on the stage for live performances, someone may want to put all of their efforts into that, and vice versa for someone who dreams of being on the big or small screen.
The truth is that studying both is ideal for anyone looking to expand upon their acting skills. If you want to improve your performance, take into consideration these reasons for studying acting for both the stage and screen.
What Makes Screen Acting and Stage Acting Different?
The first and most obvious difference between stage and screen acting is acting live versus being taped performances. Stage acting is performed in front of a live audience and is generally restricted to the capacity of the venue. The audience is sitting a lot farther back than someone who is watching via the screen, so actors need to be able to make sure that every person can hear them and see their movements.
Movements are exaggerated, and voices are projected, whereas screen actors need to act more natural than their stage counterparts. For example, take a monologue and perform it twice. Once whilst recording yourself and another in a large room, imagining there is an audience in the furthest corner. You’ll notice how movements become bigger and your voice becomes louder.
Additionally, because stage acting is live, there is more stress on remembering the script than in filming.
The Benefits of Training for Both
While the differences are clear, studying for both acting for the screen and stage can be very beneficial to any actor. Studying for the stage will give you a better connection with your audience. Essentially, you are putting a performance on for them, and often, screen actors can be too adjusted to acting for a camera rather than an audience.
Studying for both will allow you to make that connection no matter which medium you are using.
Stage actors also know how to work with what they have. A stage can be very bare compared to a film set. There are no special effects added in later with a computer and no chances to stop and do-over a scene. Learning how to act for the stage will give you a different set of skills you may not have obtained for screen acting alone.
Overall, the techniques you learn about in stage acting perform wonderfully on-screen and will enhance your understanding of acting as a whole, making you a more well-rounded actor. Many massive Hollywood stars have also been on the stage including Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Patrick Stewart just to name a few!
Study Screen and Stage Acting With The Performing Arts Conservatory
For nearly 25 years, TPAC’s Advanced Diploma of Screen and Stage Acting has been offering extensive training to students looking to start their career in the Performing Arts. In addition to teaching the skills that will help you succeed in the industry, we also give advice on auditions, obtaining an agent, working visas and more. Contact us to find out how to sign up for the next term.