Actors use many different tactics to learn more about their characters in preparation for a play. Many spend time with the play’s dramaturg to learn about the time and place the character is living in—they may also do independent research or spend time with the director. Often actors will spend time getting into the mind of their characters before the curtain goes up. Each practice can vary from play to play. For example, Teddy Ferrara star Ryan Heindl listens to a special playlist of songs that he thinks Teddy would have on his iPod and songs that make him think of Teddy. Some of the songs even appear in the production out the speakers of Teddy’s computer. We are sharing a selection of his playlist below.