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  1. The precise movement and positioning of actors on stage. • First, you must be familiar with the locations and abbreviations for areas of the stage floor. Blocking

  2. The act of notating on your script where you enter, exit, or cross. • Actors will write abbreviations on their scripts to tell them where they are going and on what lines or actions. Blocking

  3. Enter = En • Exit = Ex • Cross = X Blocking Symbols

  4. Enter upper stage right. • Cross to stage left. • Cross to downstage center. • Cross to stage right. • Exit upper stage right. Try writing these in symbol format:

  5. En USR • X L • X DC (or X D) • X R • Ex USR Did it look like this?

  6. Avoid flat blocking. Plan movements that are angles or diagonals. • Implement triangles with actors and set pieces. • Cross downstage of furniture and other actors. Rules for Blocking

  7. Create “shared” scenes with two conversing actors. • Create motivated movement. • Use blocking to build a scene. • Cross between lines or to break up a line. Rules for Blocking

  8. Both of these actor are full front. Stage Positions: Full Front

  9. While the middle actress is full front, the women on either side of her are ¾ front. 3/4 Front/Cheating Out

  10. Both of these actors are in profile. • Use profile briefly during highly emotional lines. Profile

  11. The male actor is ¾ front; the actress is ¾ back. 3/4 Back

  12. It is obvious which actor has his full back to us! Full back