7 thoughts on “Connecting Role-playing, Stage Acting, and Improvisation”

  1. This is something I wanted to do for a long time but never had the interest. Thank you for writing this article.

    In future work, I will compare the specific processes and techniques involved in method acting with those commonly used by immersionists to explore further connections.

    Yes, please.

  2. You wrote: “… acting and role-playing. Ultimately, the two states seem to closely resemble each other phenomenologically …”
    I claim the differences go still deeper. Larping can be considered as theatre (film, literature) turned inside out. Traditional forms of expression search for the form that best expounds the content – “here’s a story, how shall we tell it” – are Rowling’s novels the best way to convey the Potter story? (Which also explains why adapting books to other media often must change the story – outside of pandering to public, that is.) Meanwhile larps use the story (e.g. about a Wizardry school), as vehicle for the real content which is the participation, the interaction between players. Ofc we want interesting settings, for various reasons, but larping _as_such_ actually is about is the meeting of characters/players. The story (regardless of interest) is just an excuse for creating the meeting place. That’s also the reason why larps don’t need closure, the fun part is doing it, not finding out whodunnit.

  3. Although Sanford Meisner did say ‘acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances’, his approach was not the ‘Method’.
    The Method is Lee Strasberg’s work

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