Creatics: What’s Missing in Actor-training?

By Helen Trenos.

Published by The Arts Collection

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CREATICS is a performance-oriented training drawn from my 20 year-professional practice as an actor and teacher, combined with my scholarly research. CREATICS aims to develop the full scope of the actor’s creativity. In a society where creativity is a buzzword, a ‘hot’ topic, it is vital that actors acknowledge and articulate their very own special creativity. CREATICS recognizes that the creativity of acting occurs in two related but distinct contexts: rehearsal and performance. Surprisingly, this distinction is seldom made, and yet it has enormous implications for actor training. Presently, most actor training institutions in the West focus on teaching and practising rehearsal techniques. It is assumed that rehearsal competency naturally leads to performance-proficiency. There are, however, specific skills, techniques and approaches we can be teaching to enhance the actor’s creativity in performance. These skills, techniques and approaches form the basis of CREATICS.

Keywords: Acting, Actor Training, Creativity, Performing

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.265-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.433KB).

Dr. Helen Trenos

Lecturer in Theatre, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

After graduating from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, I have worked as a professional actor for over twenty years with some of Australia’s leading theatre companies in both Melbourne and Perth as well as working extensively in television. Throughout my acting career, I increasingly became involved in co-devising and generating new works, directing and actor training. It is in this arena — actor training — that I now put most of my creative energy. To this end, I completed my PhD (“Acting and Creativity”, University of Western Australia) and have taken up a lectureship at the University of Tasmania.


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