The Players' Journal


EXPLORING THE ART AND CRAFT OF ACTING

Subtle Change

I was watching Rushmore with my family the other night.  It’s one of our favorites, from Wes Anderson’s direction to the wonderful performances by a stellar cast.  But one moment in particular struck me and prompted this post. Towards the…


Extinguishing the Fire in the Head – New Article!

We are pleased to publish Jennifer Popple’s essay about creating and maintaining a productive and ethical rehearsal environment.  Professor Popple describes the tools she employed in rehearsing a production of How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel), and how she…


SAG Awards - Spotlight and Room

The SAG Awards are upon us and like many of you I have been viewing the nominated films, mostly through the convenient digital streaming service SAG/AFTRA has set up for members. There is a LOT of great acting going on! …


Stop Surviving! An Actor’s Manifesto

The first new article of the year! Click above and read Valeri Lantz-Gefroh’s piece on the direction actor training must take.


TPJ Observations

New to TPJ will be Observations. This category will be similar to reviews in that a particular production will be examined–but the focus will be on the acting choices and what conclusions may be drawn from them. Too often, reviews…


Something Rotten! A TPJ Observation

I had the great pleasure of seeing the deliriously silly and subversively sly Something Rotten at the St. James Theatre in NYC with theatre majors from SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. It was a perfect group with…