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Poll: Are actors being asked to prepare too much for auditions?

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In an interview with The Stage last week, Jenna Russell spoke about the changing nature of auditions, in which actors are increasingly expected to have learned the section of script they will be performing.

She said: “I hear so many people say you have to learn everything, then I think that doesn’t help because all you’re doing is trying to remember stuff. Acting is about listening, it’s not about repeating something you’ve learned.”

Russell said she had actively stopped learning lines for auditions as a result. This week we’re asking: Are actors being asked to prepare too much for auditions?


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