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Shared lessons for actors and user researchers ›

It’s a Monday evening and my first day of acting class at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Jack, our instructor, starts our class off with a couple improv games and then goes over our schedule for the next 10 weeks. We don’t touch a play until Week 6. I am confused. I thought you became an actor by running lines, so that eventually you would become convincing. I am all wrong. Jack shares Sanford Meisner’s definition of acting, which is to “live truthfully in imaginary circumstances.” I write it down in my notebook.

The next day I am at my job at frog design.

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