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Tony
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Uta Hagen
and Her Acting Technique

Born in Germany and raised in Wisconsin, USA, Uta Hagen was known as a respected, award-winning actress before she started teaching acting. Now she is considered by many to be a legend. She spent most of her acting career on the stage and won critical acclaim for performances in, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Seagull. She spent most of her teaching career at HB Studio in New York City, a school that was founded by her husband, Herbert Berghof in 1957 (and still follows her principles of acting to this day).

Uta Hagen was an advocate of ‘realistic’ acting over formalistic acting, she believed that once she could see the actor ‘acting’ she already lost interest and no longer believed in what she was seeing as a realistic circumstance. She developed her own school of acting after going and studying privately with Stanislavski and understanding his ideas on acting further than she and her American contemporaries such as Lee Strasberg had previously. Her method of acting expressed that the actor should use his own emotions, experience and consciousness to find a way into the role he was playing. Once these elements were drawn out they could then be utilized to feed the character’s actions. She believed that the character’s actions were the way the character revealed themselves in the play and thus very important to the actor playing the part understanding them. Using this technique was the way for an actor to get a theatrical result from their own self and their own experiences in life.

Here are two resources by of the great acting teachers of all time; Uta Hagen. Her book and a very rare DVD that you can watch and do at home or with your actor friends to start to learn the craft from one of the best actresses ever.

Uta Hagen wrote Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor, texts that explore her interest in the actor’s relationship to the physical and psychological senses, the animation of the body and mind, talking and listening on stage and the concept of expectation, i.e. An actor knows what is going to happen at the end of the scene when they are only at the beginning of the scene but has to act like they don’t know what is going to happen. She also explains exercises that she believes can help the actor with character creation as well as other elements of stage craft that the actor may find difficult to make look authentic like- recreating physical sensations, pretending to be outdoors when really inside on a stage, performing asides to the audience and employing the imagination when playing a character that lives in a historical period of time that the contemporary actor is not familiar with. Her books are still included on some colleges’ book list.

Actors that credit Uta Hagen’s teaching to their acting technique include Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino. She was also a voice coach to Judy Garland, teaching her a German accent for the film Judgment at Nuremberg.

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