Every actor should have several scenes and a monologue that you are preparing to work on, so that in the event that your partner cannot come, you have work that you are ready to do. You should be discussing these possibilities with the other actors in the class, so that you are involved and prepared.
- Observing work is how you learn at least half of your craft.
- If you arrive after a scene has begun, wait until there is a break to enter.
When you work, put back the furniture and props where they are stored. Objects are alive. Respect your work space and the materials as any artist does. They are part of your creative world. Be prepared to bring some props and costumes for your work. At the end of class, clean the props you use, and clean up your garbage, too (coffee cups, etc.).
On the days you are working in class, prepare in advance; during the preceding scene if you need to, so that you are ready to work. There is generally a five minute break between scenes, during which time one scene cleans up, and the next installs itself. Time is precious. Knowing how to get ready, and being ready to work is a fundamental part of a good creative process.
Love and Determination make work harmonious and pleasurable, alone or when collaborating. Pain and suffering are a fundamental part of living. It's your choice whether it's good pain and suffering, because you are changing and developing, or pain and suffering because you lack will and discipline for the pleasure of trying to reach your goal.