Theatre Quotes

Words to the Wise
Quotations from a wide range of theatrical perspectives

For use in newsletters, season or fundraising brochures or emails, presentations--you name it.

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The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people. The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does.

David Rubenstein

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.

Rosalind Russell The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips

Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.

Hank Russo


Good drama must be drastic.

Friedrich Schlegel

Good theater anywhere is good for theater everywhere.

Frank Schneeberger
Management, Volunteers

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.

Charles Schwab

The Actor should make you forget the existence of author and director, and even forget the actor.

Paul Scofield The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

Rod Serling

The purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature. [Hamlet]

William Shakespeare The Audience Book of Theatre Quotations, by Louis Phillips

People have pointed out evidences of personal feeling in my notices as if they were accusing me of a misdemeanor, not knowing that criticism written without personal feeling is not worth reading. It is the capacity for making good or bad art a personal matter that makes a man a critic.

George Bernard Shaw


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