Is acting art?

Someone asked me several years ago if acting was art or craft.  According to the

Art- The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

Craft– An art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, esp. manual skill: skill; dexterity. 

In relationship to the play that I’m currently directing; I have to agree with Stanley Tucci.  I’ve noticed that truth is so important in creating the imaginary.  I know that might sound contradictory to what we as artist.  Acting teachers say be truthful but we know its’ a play, we know that it’s not real however, we are asked to stay truthful or present.  But in order to expose the emotional core of a character through only words-one must use the imaginary.  

That’s what separates an audience member from an actor.  Some audience members think that they can do what we do; because the tools (or crafts)  in order to do it are things that we all posses-voice, body and emotions.  Where we stand on our own is the ability to create these “happy accidents” that Mr. Cage mentions.  To be able to interpret between the lines, to be truthful and stay present in the moment using the imaginary.  Eliminating doubt and trusting in our own interpretation based solely on the lines to create art.  Acting is definitely art and the craft is the technical work that one uses to create.


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