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Konstantin Stanislavski

The man and his work.

Alexandra Sims

on 5 February 2013

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Konstantin Stanislavski WHat was the system? Stan "the man" His System the man, his system and more Russian actor, director, teacher and author

Co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre, regarded during his life as one of the world’s greatest theatre companies A type of theatre training that influenced generations of actors around the world

He continued developing it throughout his career

Stanislavski believed that through experimentation even those who were not born with artistic genius could achieve great acting Main concepts:
The actor uses imagination and research
to play realistic characters

Actors had to “live in the moment”

Find objectives and super-objective The "Magic If" Part of Stanislavski’s System in which the actor must try to answer the question:
“What would I do if I were…”

The actor isn’t forced into trying to believe that he or she is the person in these actual circumstances, but what he or she would do in the same situation No story begins at the beginning, something happened before what the audience sees

It is the actor’s job to figure out what that “moment before” is The Moment Before what's the point? the goals of the system were... 1. To make external behavior
(movement and voice)
natural and convincing 2. To know and carry out the
objectives and inner needs
of the character 3. To make the character’s
life continuous, with a
past, future, and
a life between scenes 4. To commit to action
(behaving in ways to get
character’s objective) and
reaction (listening/responding
to other characters) Why was this a big deal? Until Stanislavski’s System, actors paid less attention to their own inner reality
and paid more attention to the external requirements

Rather than expressing the complexity of the character, actors used
stylized motions and created presentational pictures

Actors played only to their “type”

The System helped create an onstage reality that revolutionized theatre,
which led to... The Actor's Studio because Stanislavski’s company took American theatre by storm when the MAT performed in NYC Stanislavski won over… Cheryl Crawford, Robert Lewis and Elia Kazan

The three were members of the famed Group Theatre, who wanted an actor training center

They used Stanislavski’s System as a basis and called the training center the Actors Studio, 1947 "the Method" Lee Strasberg took over as head of the program in 1952, and ran it for nearly thirty years

“The Method” was refined, developed and branched out

The Actors Studio still exists, offering a three-year graduate training program in playwriting, acting and directing Versus Stanislavski System

actors deeply analyze the motivations
and emotions of their characters in order to
make the feelings of the character truthful

Making the character become you The Method

an actor recalls emotions or sensations from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed through sense memory

Making yourself become the character Distinguished Alumni Alec Baldwin
Marlon Brando
Robert De Niro
Shirley MacLaine
Dustin Hoffman
Al Pacino
Hayden Christensen
James Gandolfini Rip Torn
Sally Field
Tennessee Williams
Jack Nicholson
Gene Wilder
Christopher Walken
Edward Albee
Sidney Poitier In conclusion...
You can thank Stanislavski
for revolutionizing theatre
and making it even more
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