What does an Actor do?

What does an Actor do?

The ACTOR is the most familiar face of the production for the audience and performs one or more roles in a show, as outlined by the DIRECTOR and other members of the creative team. The ACTOR defines live theater by performing a character who brings a story to life with the help of staging, costumes, makeup, sets and lighting.


Ability to use one’s body and voice to create a character | Ability to collaborate and work as a team | A vibrant imagination


Degree in performance and/or other training programs | Auditioning | Apprenticeships | Initiate own projects

How to become an Actor

How to become an Actor

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in performance and acting, as well as connections to alumni working on professional productions. Those just starting out may want to explore available classes, auditions, amateur productions, and volunteer opportunities available in their region for training and experience. On a Broadway show, an actor can be employed as a Principal, Chorus, Swing, Standby, or Understudy.

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Playbill’s “Jason Tam audition”

Playbill’s “WATCH: Derek Klena Sings Through His Audition Book”

Bravo’s “Why Viola Davis Loved Her Drama Teacher”

Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s “Stella Adler: Awake and Dream! From ‘American Masters’”

ShowbizU: Creating a Broadway Character - Alli Mauzey & Tim Kashani