The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
ISBN: 184842406X
Release Date: 2014-06-19
Genre: Method acting

A revised and updated edition of Bella Merlin's essential guide to Stanislavsky. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit. 'Bella Merlin magically converts her extensive knowledge into real-world practice and on-the-floor technique.

The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher:
ISBN: 1854597930
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Method (Acting)

A practical, hands-on guide to Stanislavsky's famous 'system' and to his later rehearsal processes - for actors, directors, teachers and students. From the author of Beyond Stanislavsky. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit.

The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Drama Pub
ISBN: 0896762599
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Drama

A practical, hands-on guide to Stanislavsky's famous 'system' and to his later rehearsal processes - for actors, directors, teachers and students. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is then explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit. Book jacket.

Beyond Stanislavsky

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135867379
Release Date: 2014-01-10
Genre: Performing Arts

Beyond Stanislavsky takes the reader through a course in the new system, complete with exercises. Infused with the author's personal experience this is never a set of dry instructions, but a vital engagement with Stanislavsky's mature ideas on actor training.

To the Actor

Author: Michael Chekov
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 9781787204331
Release Date: 2017-04-07
Genre: Performing Arts

In To the Actor Michael Chekhov has recorded brilliantly the results of his many years of experimenting, testing and verifying in the professional theater and schools of the theater. He brings to actors far greater insight into themselves and the characters they are to portray, which enables them to approach any role with new ease and skill. “To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it. It should prove enlightening to theatergoers who wish to deepen their appreciation for fine acting and thus help to invigorate the theatrical art.”—Gregory Peck “I think without a doubt every creative person in the theater will want to have it as a constant reference book, outside of its being, in my opinion, absorbing and entertaining reading.”—Yul Brynner (from the Preface) “One of the most remarkable and practical books on the technique of acting I have ever read....Enthusiastically recommended to all theatre collections of whatever size.”—Library Journal

Building a Character

Author: Esther McCracken
Publisher: Abdul Press
ISBN: 1447439333
Release Date: 2011-11
Genre: Drama

Contained within this rare antiquarian book is a fascinating guide for actors pertaining to the craft of creating and becoming a character, written by the father of method acting: Konstantin Stanislavski. A truly amazing and insightful book on the naturalistic approach to acting, this is a book sure to have been read by many famous actors and constitutes a veritable must-have for aspiring and seasoned actors alike. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 1938) was a Russian actor and theatre director, famous for being the progenitor of the Stanislavski method. Stanislavski received the Order of Lenin in 1937, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1938, and People's Artist of the USSR in 1936 for his prolific contributions to the arts. Elected for republication due to its immense historical and educational value, this book originally published in 1950 is proudly republished here with a new introductory biography of the author."

The Complete Brecht Toolkit

Author: Stephen Unwin
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854595504
Release Date: 2014-02-20
Genre: Performing Arts

"Examines, one by one, Brecht's many, sometimes contradictory ideas about theatre - and how he put them into practice. Here are explanations of all the famous key terms, such as Alienation Effect, Epic Theatre and Gestus, as well as the many others which go to make up what we think of as 'Brechtian theatre'. There follows a section which looks at the practical application of these theories in Acting, Language, Music, Design and Direction."--Page 4 of cover.

Stanislavski The Basics

Author: Rose Whyman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135132675
Release Date: 2013-01-25
Genre: Performing Arts

Stanislavski: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the life, thought and impact of Konstantin Stanislavski. Regarded by many as a great innovator of twentieth century theatre, this book examines Stanislavski's: life and the context of his writings major works in English translation ideas in practical contexts impact on modern theatre With further reading throughout, a glossary of terms and a comprehensive chronology, this text makes the ideas and theories of Stanislavski available to an undergraduate audience.

Konstantin Stanislavsky

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134513499
Release Date: 2004-03-01
Genre: Drama

This compact, well-illustrated and clearly written book offers an essential guide to the complex and contradictory nature of this master of theatre. Routledge Performance Practitioners are a series of introductory guides to key theatre-makers. These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books will unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators. This is the first book to combine: - an overview of Stanislavsky's life history - an assessment of his widely read text, An Actor Prepares - detailed commentary of the key 1998 production of The Seagull - an indispensable set of practical exercises for actors, teachers and directors. As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Stanislavski in Practice

Author: Nick O'Brien
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351985956
Release Date: 2017-09-18
Genre: Performing Arts

Stanislavski in Practice is an unparalleled step-by-step guide to Stanislavski’s system. Author Nick O’Brien makes this cornerstone of acting accessible to teachers and students alike through the use of practical exercises that allow students to develop their skills. This second edition offers more exercises for the actor, and also new sections on directing and devising productions. Each element of the system is covered practically through studio exercises and jargon-free discussion. This is the perfect exercise book for students and a lesson planner for teachers at post-16 and first year undergraduate level. Exercises are designed to support syllabi from Edexcel, Eduqas, OCR and AQA to the practice-based requirements of BTEC and IB Theatre. New to this edition: Thoroughly reorganized sections, including 'Work on the Actor', 'Work on a Role' and 'Developing your Practice'; A new chapter on using Stanislavski when devising with a series of exercises that will allow students to structure and create characters within the devising process; A new chapter, Directing Exercise Programme, which will be a series of exercises that allows the student to develop their skills as a director; New glossary with US and UK terms; New exercises developed since the publication of the first edition; A new chapter going beyond Stanislavski, exploring exercises from Michael Chekhov, Maria Knebel and Katie Mitchell.

Actions

Author: Marina Caldarone
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854596748
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Drama

A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson. Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way. 'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson

Facing the Fear

Author: Bella Merlin
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1848423136
Release Date: 2016-03-03
Genre: Acting

The first book of its kind, designed to help performers overcome the crippling fear of stage fright.

Stanislavski For Beginners

Author: Allen, David
Publisher: For Beginners, LLC
ISBN: 9781939994356
Release Date: 2015-03-17
Genre: Performing Arts

Stanislavski was the first person to develop a cogent and practical system of acting. Throughout his life he sought the answers to such fundamental questions as: "What is great acting?" and "How can you find inspiration in every performance?" Stanislavski remains the most important influence on actor training today, and yet many of his ideas are little known, or even misunderstood. Stanislavski For Beginners charts the development of the Stanislavski system. It includes a clear exposition of the key elements of the system and explores his Method of Physical Actions, which he worked on in the years before his death, and which he called “the result of my whole life’s work.”

The Anatomy of a Choice

Author: Maura Vaughn
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761851103
Release Date: 2010-04-27
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book offers the actor a concrete method for approaching a script. This guide details a simple process to discover and define a character's scene and super-objective, obstacle, beats, and tactics. It includes practical information on building a character, maximizing rehearsal time, and what to do when nothing is working.

The Art of the Actor

Author: Jean Benedetti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136556197
Release Date: 2012-11-12
Genre: Performing Arts

How did acting begin? What is its history, and what have the great thinkers on acting said about the art and craft of performance? In this single-volume survey of the history of acting, Jean Benedetti traces the evolution of the theories of the actor's craft drawing extensively on extracts from key texts, many of which are unavailable for the student today. Beginning with the classical conceptions of acting as rhetoric and oratory, as exemplified in the writing of Aristotle, Cicero and others, The Art of the Actor progresses to examine ideas of acting in Shakespeare's time right through to the present day. Along the way, Benedetti considers the contribution and theories of key figures such as Diderot, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Brecht, Artaud and Grotowski, providing a clear and concise explanation of their work illustrated by extracts and summaries of their writings. Some source materials appear in the volume for the first time in English. The Art of the Actor will be the essential history of acting for all students and actors interested in the great tradition of performance, both as craft and as art.