Practicing the Paradox

Addressing the Creative State
  • Peter Lobdell


In light of all the observations that the Method limits actors to their small personal selves, and all the knee-jerk associations of the Method with crude psychoanalysis, I submit that the Method encourages actors to understand their experiences, both in life and in the studio, as particular theatrical metaphors that create their characters’ behavior onstage. Creativity is metaphoric. Finding connections is the essence of creativity. The Method’s exercises foster those connections by tuning actors’ psychological instruments.


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