Characteristics of Modern Rehearsal

Today, there are numerous different approaches to the rehearsal process; the following describes the most typical method.

  1. Rehearsal period lasts for four consecutive weeks, with the last week largely dedicated to technical rehearsals. Actors will be available for eight hours a day, six days a week.
  2. Rehearsal is led by a director who is in charge of the interpretation of the play as a whole. Actors do not direct other actors' performances or suggest interpretations - this work is left exclusively to the director.
  3. Often the process begins with the company reading the play together and discussing details and performance options - this process is also led by the director and is known as "table work."
  4. When actors begin rehearsing, they read their lines from the script in their hand and then gradually commit the words to memory over the course of the four weeks.
  5. Directors and actors rehearse the play one scene at a time - not necessarily in order, but one scene at a time.
  6. As the rehearsal progresses, the company will start to run multiple scenes together.
  7. Before tech week (the final week of rehearsal) the company will have run the entire play several times. Tech week usually features a tech run, a dress run, and possibly several preview nights before the official opening.