Back Stage Ethics and Etiquette
Updated: May 9
An actor should stay clear of view outside the time their character is on stage and for a curtain call. This includes staying clear of the audience view in the wings, in a traditional theater. An actor should always respect the space of their fellow performer. We all have a unique process in preparation for the stage and you want your colleagues to succeed so allow them to prepare.
An actor should always be the one to set their own props prior to the production; no one should touch or move them after that. An actor in the wings should do their very best to not distract in any way another performer on stage. An actor should keep a journal and scribe their experience at rehearsal or during a performance that day. If you journal long enough, you began to see the steady stream of your thinking and can adjust as you see fit.
Always remember to be kind and courteous to your crew, you never know when you are speaking with your next employer. An actor should do their very best to make use of professional language and descriptions of the stage–set. Stage down, stage up, stage left, and stage right–all can be heard at any musical theater rehearsal. This language and the notation of the direction given in correspondence to this language can make all the difference for a private rehearsal. Only take true advice from another that has the career and or life that you yourself want. Make it a commitment to yourself to take actions that move you in that direction. Always be kind to others as you never know what someone is truly going through. Stand up for your artistic choices and be firm and committed in your delivery.
Isaiah Romero-Cordova is a professional model, working actor–musician, and contestant finalist for Broadway Bound Live Season 2. He can be located on IMBd-isaiahromerocordova, instagram @the_isaiahromerocordova_, and TikTok @the_isaiaromerocordova.
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