A vital, easy-to-use tool for actors that will revolutionise how you rehearse. Based on the best-selling book.

Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus is a vital tool for actors. It is perhaps the most widely used and admired book for use in rehearsals today – and is now available on your iPhone or iPad to help you find exactly the right action word within seconds.

Actors need actions. You cannot act moods. You need to be doing something with every line. You need an aim to achieve, and an action selected to help achieve that aim. ‘Actions’ are active verbs. In order to play a line truthfully, you need to discover the action that suits that particular situation and that particular line. That is where this app comes in…

It is a fully searchable, easy-to-navigate thesaurus of active verbs, that will help you refine your acting choice until you find the action you require to make each line come alive.

Features include:

· A to Z search, and predictive search function
· Emotional groupings to help you pinpoint the action you require
· Bookmark, note-making and random word functions
· Share your actions on social media or by email
· Full instructions on how to use actioning in rehearsal, plus how to use the app

For actors at all levels and of all ages, Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus will revolutionise how you rehearse. Once you’ve started using it, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

‘If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence’ Terry Johnson

'Actioning ain't easy – but it's so useful' Zawe Ashton

Based on the bestselling book Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus by Marina Caldarone and Maggie Lloyd-Williams

What’s New

Version 1.2

Fixes an issue where some linked actions at the bottom of longer entries could not be viewed in full.

Thanks for downloading and using Actions! We hope you're finding it useful - we're always keen to hear your feedback, which is invaluable when planning further developments to the app. If you have anything you'd like to share, please get in touch at

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Osmit33 ,

Great app!

Absolutely love this app and have used it for every script and acting job I have ever had. I think to improve it, it needs the definitions of words next to the synonyms because sometimes, finding the right word is difficult unless you know what you're looking for. Actioning scripts is difficult if your knowledge of words is small. Other than that, I seriously recommend.

Lovellsinternational ,

Handy and easier than the book!

Great app. Much more convenient than the book and time saving!

theatregirl1987 ,


I've been using actioning and the Actions book in rehearsals ever since I was at drama school. I love being able to have it on my phone so I can carry it about and not have to share someone else's copy when i forget to take the book to rehearsals (which I do often!!!!). Really useful to be able to save favourite action words as well. Big recommend to all actors.


BCL NuMedia
8.8 MB

Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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