A great actor is that human being who is willing to exchange his or her personal interpretive framework for an alternative interpretive framework, to walk a mile in another person’s shoes. We learn and experience more about ourselves from accepting other people’s stories as a possibility for us.  The art of acting is living from imagined possibility and so is the art of empathy.  The other essential element for a stage actor to to pay attention to the reactions of the audience and understand their perspective.

Acting training has been shown to increase empathy in health care providers.


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