ABSTRACT

Citing Toi Whakaari as the exemplar, this concluding chapter offers a new direction for training actors. With entrepreneurism as the guiding principle, it expounds upon the book’s case studies to argue for a pedagogically progressive, racially equitable, and culturally diverse model that accounts for the past while embracing the present and future. Traditional learning outcomes steeped in Stanislavski and Saint-Denis’s psychophysical models are balanced with current and emerging practices such as theatre-making, screen training, applied theatre, motion capture, virtual theatre, and telematic performance. In addition to training actors for stage and on-camera careers, acting programs should endeavor to become more diverse and inclusive through cross-cultural and international learning strategies to develop artistic entrepreneurs capable of shaping the industry’s future. Important matters such as student well-being and self-care are addressed toward urging schools to empower students to identify their artistic voice in the context of disciplinary diversity, cultural inclusion, and social justice.