Telling a compelling story.
Suspension Of Disbelief
Convincing the audience to drop their criticism and follow you on a story with a sense of [potentially temporary] belief.
Creating a sense that the story has deep meaning beyond the obvious.
Generating emotions in an audience that translates to a general mood that makes them receptive to the story.
Confidence, charisma and other types of personal presence such as likability.
Commanding attention from the stage.
Creating energy such as suspense.
Engaging and involving the audience.
The fine art of timing. Also known as kairos.
Reaching the audience with your voice.
Creating a distinctive uniqueness in your story and presence.
The visual sequences in a story.
Having people on the stage at the right place at the right time.
Well-coordinated movement such as dance.
Enunciating words clearly.
Props & Set
The physical environment of the stage.
Lighting for mood and effect.
Use of audio cues.
Effective selection and use of music.
Facial expressions, eye contact, body language and other physical forms of expression such as posture.
Costumes and/or fashion sense.
Unexpected turns in the story or in the atmosphere.
The use of humor.
Creating and resolving tension.
Experiences that differ from concrete reality.
Visual and practical effects.
Coordination of different elements such as position on stage and sound effects.
Seamless transitions between acts or segments.
Rehearsing things and delivering with a high degree of mastery.
Demonstrating interest in your performance and story.
Making a point and ending on a high note.
The ability to spark the imagination of an audience.