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10 Things Playwrights Wish Their Actors Understood

Actors are the reason playwrights do what we do. You bring our words to life. You challenge us and lift us up, you give us a reason to keep going. In this article, I share one playwright’s perspective on some of the triumphs and sticking points of this singular relationship. With all the love in my heart, here are 10 THINGS PLAYWRIGHTS WISH THEIR ACTORS UNDERSTOOD (A Love Letter). Original post from Substack newsletter: HOW TO PLAYWRIGHT by Audrey Cefaly


Actors are the reason playwrights do what we do. You bring our words to life. You challenge us and lift us up, you give us a reason to keep going. In this article, I share one playwright’s perspective on some of the triumphs and sticking points of this singular relationship. With all the love in my heart, here are 10 THINGS PLAYWRIGHTS WISH THEIR ACTORS UNDERSTOOD (A Love Letter).


1. We would move heaven and earth to get you happy with a scene.


2. While you’re off bonding with your fellow actors, we are not invited to the treehouse. Maybe invite us to the treehouse. We can bring "snacks."


3. We may not say it, but we appreciate when you notice holes in our logic, our timelines, and our arguments. Tell us these things as early as you notice them. It may be painful for you to tell us, and it may be painful for us to hear it, but it will save EVERYONE a lot of time and heartache in the long run if you do. Subscribe free: How To Playwright | Audrey Cefaly | Substack