How should I practice is a common question that comes up while teaching performance and public speaking classes, when directing and performing in productions, and when coaching and competing for forensics squads. This essay provides a rationale for fusing Honeycutt’s imagined interactions theory (2003) with performance rehearsal processes, employing research guiding retroactive and proactive imagined interactions as a template to frame rehearsals that have the purpose of future actor ó spectator engagement. I use my experiences applying imagined interactions to an ensemble performance rehearsal and during a solo performance rehearsal to show the usefulness, limitations, and potentials of this methodological hybridization.

Author Biography

An early version of this manuscript was presented on a competitive paper panel of the Performance Studies Division at the 2019 meeting of the National Communication Association in Baltimore, MD. Correspondence concerning this manuscript should be addressed to first author Joshua Hamzehee, Communication Studies Department, Santa Rosa Junior College, Garcia Hall #123, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. E-mail: joshuahamzehee@gmail.com.



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