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Ms. Ferrarone
Theatre Arts
Nonverbal Communication
55% of all communication is nonverbal. (Posture, facial expressions, gestures,
38% of all communication is the sound of your voice.
Only 7% of all communication has to do with the actual words we are saying.
What does this have to do with theatre?
Well, there’s nothing more boring than watching characters that just talk. The
words start to run together and all sound alike. Before long, we stop listening and
start looking at our watch for the play to be over. We like to watch characters DO
things, because that’s what happens in “real life”. It’s what we can relate to and it
is much more interesting.
Types of Nonverbal Communication
 Facial Expressions: The human face is extremely expressive and facial
expressions are UNIVERSAL. The expressions for fear, happiness, sadness,
and anger are the same across cultures.
 Body Movements and Posture: The way you move and carry yourself
communicates a wealth of information to the world. This type of NVC
includes your posture, bearing, stance, and subtle movements.
 Gestures: These are woven into the fabric of our daily lives. We wave,
point, beckon and use our hands when we’re speaking animatedly or arguing
a point – expressing ourselves with gestures often without even thinking.
Ms. Ferrarone
Theatre Arts
However, gestures are not universal and what may be acceptable to us may
be perceived differently by other cultures.
 Eye Contact – Since the visual sense is dominant for most people, eye
contact is an especially important type of NVC. The way you look at
someone can convey many things, including interest, affection, hostility, or
attraction. Eye contact is also important in maintaining the flow of
communication and gauging the other person’s response.
 Touch: We communicate a great deal through touch. Think about the
messages given by the following: A firm handshake, a timid tap on the
shoulder, a warm bear hug, a reassuring pat on the back, a patronizing pat
on the head, or a controlling grip on your arm.
 Space: Have you ever felt uncomfortable during a conversation because the
other person was invading your space? We all have a need for physical
space, although that need differs depending on the culture, the situation and
the closeness of the relationship. You can use physical space to
communicate many different nonverbal messages, including signals of
intimacy, aggression, dominance or affection.
 Voice: We communicate with our voices, even when we are not using
words. Nonverbal speech sounds such as tone, pitch, volume, inflection,
rhythm and rate are important communication elements. When we speak
other people “read” our voices in addition to listening to the words. Think
about how one’s tone of voice can indicate sarcasm, anger, affection or
As we begin to create characters on stage, reflect on the physical aspects that
makes them unique and interesting and FUN TO WATCH! Be sure to consider the
use of a “leading center”, “psychological gesture”, and “mannerisms”. These
can tell a lot about your character without words. Your body does not stop
communicating when your mouth stops moving!!!