Elizabethan acting was done by acting companies that had sharing plans.
There were basically two kinds of performance, old‑fashioned and new
1. Edward Alleyn (old fashioned) declamatory, rhetorical
2. Richard Burbage ‑ (new)
Protean, could transform into the part. (Protean means being able to transform.)
Reconstructing a style of acting
The method of acting was declamatory and the focus was on the presentation of language, not on psychological motivations of
character. Edward Alleyn was one of the best known actors of this school and was especailly known for his roles as Tamburlaine
Richard Burbage had a different style of acting. He was "protean" in his action.
The term Aplayer@ after 1600 became derogatory.