Hannah Marella


An inside look at how Taylor Theatre actors prepare for 'The Birds'

“Actors, by and large, are looking for authentic embodiment of characters so that storytelling is alive, and has potential to, move beyond the stage and into the awareness of the audience,” said Tracy Manning, Theatre Department Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. For each Taylor Theatre production she directs, Manning selects an acting methodology for the actors to apply during the rehearsal process. In the case of the upcoming production of Conor Mcpherson’s "The Birds", she chose the active analysis method, which was developed by Konstantin Stanislavski, a prominent figure in the history of theatre.