1st Edition

In Search of Stanislavsky’s Creative State on the Stage With a Practice as Research Case Study

By Gabriela Curpan Copyright 2021
    280 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book rediscovers a spiritual way of preparing the actor towards experiencing that ineffable artistic creativity defined by Konstantin Stanislavski as the creative state.

    Filtered through the lens of his unaddressed Christian Orthodox background, as well as his yogic or Hindu interest, the practical work followed the odyssey of the artist, from being oneself towards becoming the character, being structured in three major horizontal stages and developed on another three vertical, interconnected levels. Throughout the book, Gabriela Curpan aims to question both the cartesian approach to acting and the realist-psychological line, generally viewed as the only features of Stanislavski’s work.

    This book will be of great interest to theatre and performance academics as well as practitioners in the fields of acting and directing.



    Part 1 – Theoretical Reflections


    Chapter 1 – PAR Methodology and the Main Research Questions

    Chapter 2 – The Creative State from the Orthodox Faith to Oriental Thought

    Chapter 3 – Humanism, Spirituality, Religion

    Chapter 4 – Stanislavsky’s Concept of ‘Nature’ and the Occult

    Chapter 5 – Spiritual Principles

    Chapter 6 – From Spiritual to Creative Principles


    Part 2 – Practical Explorations – Practice as Research Case Study


    Chapter 7 – From Theory to Practice – Levels of Work

    Chapter 8 – The First Stage of Practice – An Actor’s Work on Their ‘Self’

    Chapter 9 – The Second Stage – An Actor’s Work on Their Role

    Chapter 10 – ‘Becoming’ the Character

    Chapter 11 – Rehearsing with Active Analysis

    Chapter 12 – The Third Stage – Performing as a State of Being


    Gabriela Curpan was awarded her PhD from Goldsmith, University of London. She is a Romanian practitioner with over twenty years of acting experience, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, and a visiting lecturer, teaching acting techniques in Staffordshire University.