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How Chunking Can Help You Remember Your Lines

Wow, it has been a LONG time since my last post. It’s been a busy summer: I moved (from Boulder, Co to Fort Collins, CO) to take a full-time teaching gig at Colorado State University’s Theatre Department, went on a two-week vacation on Lake Michigan (well, not technically ON it, but we swam in it!), and I’m also prepping two shows simultaneously that go up in August and October, respectively. I’m not complaining, work is a “good problem” to have, right? Very exciting, but moving is never fun…and as those of you who have moved a lot like me can attest: it takes a TON of time, both before and after the move.

That being said, I’m glad to finally be settled with my family and able to devote more time to H2R again!

We left off, way back in May, in the middle of my series on the best methods and biggest blocks for memorizing. This week, we are going to focus on the #4 most popular method for memorizing: chunking.

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How Flash Cards Can Help You Remember Your Lines

Welcome to Week 3 of my continuing series on dissecting the biggest blocks and most popular methods for memorizing lines survey conducted weeks ago. This week, I’m talking about the #3 most popular method for memorizing lines, as reported in the survey: writing them out by hand & using flashcards.

Writing lines out by hand is a very useful way to memorize lines because, similar to reciting them out loud, you get DIRECT FEEDBACK. And that’s what we all want, right? It’s hard to lie to yourself when you can see the words in front of you. They’re either there, or they’re not. But this method also has it’s potential pitfalls. Things to know and watch out for:
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Why You Don’t Need A Partner To Memorize Your Lines

It’s week 2 of my continuing series on the most popular methods and biggest blocks for memorizing lines. This week, I’m breaking down the #2 most popular method for memorizing, as reported in this survey: working with a partner.

Now, don’t let the title of this post fool you. I’m not saying you don’t need an acting partner. That would be crazy. That’s one of the foundations of your craft. Even if you’re alone onstage, you have a partner or a target with whom you’re relating/connecting/acting/doing.

But oftentimes when trying to remember lines, actors feel like they absolutely HAVE to work with a fellow actor/castmate/classmate running lines with them. I’m not saying this is wrong, either. But if we dig into WHY a partner is important when running lines, we discover what the real need is…

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