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Stella Adler

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  • The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.

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  • You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.

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  • The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.

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  • The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.

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  • The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors.

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  • Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

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  • Growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous.

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  • A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.

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  • The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.

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  • When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.

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  • One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We're not scientists. We don't always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.

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  • The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.

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