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Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics in Practice

Perspectives on Activating the Actor, 1st Edition

By Valerie Pye, Hillary Bucs


224 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics in Practice is the first book that compiles practical approaches of the best practices from a range of practitioners on the subject of working with Stanislavski’s "objectives", "obstacles" and "tactics".

The book offers instructors and directors a variety of tools from leading acting teachers, who bring their own individual perspectives to the challenge of working with Stanislavski’s principles for today’s actors, in one volume. Each essay addresses its own theoretical and practical approach, and offers concrete instructions for implementing new explorations both in the classroom and in the rehearsal studio.

An excellent resource for Acting and Directing instructors at the university level, Directing and Theatre Pedagogy students, high school/secondary theatre teachers, and community theatre leaders, Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics in Practice serves as a resource for lesson planning and exploration, and provides an encyclopedia of the best practices in the field today.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Playing Objectives

  1. Money in your Pocket: Meisner, Objectives, and The First Six Lines
  2. Dennis Schebetta

  3. Psychological Gesture: Michael Chekhov Exercises on Physicalizing the Objective
  4. Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson

  5. Making Sport of Objectives: Teaching Through Student-Developed Physical Competition
  6. John Kaufmann

  7. Structured Improvised Scenes
  8. Timothy Johnson

  9. Scoring the Un-scorable
  10. Maria Porter

  11. Creating a Physical Score in a Snap: Using Social Media to Appeal to the Smartphone Generation
  12. Tom Pacio

    Part 2: Overcoming Obstacles

  13. Engaging Obstacles
  14. Kevin Hoffmann

  15. Active Obstacle Image Scoring
  16. David Hugo

  17. Resistance
  18. Janet Hayatashi

  19. Returning the Dress: Demonstrating Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics
  20. Davida Bloom

  21. Improvised Fantasies: Heightening Objectives and Obstacles in Scene Work
  22. Hillary Bucs

  23. Optimizing the Obstacle: Using indicators of Csikszentmihalyi’s flow to help select, test, and experience Stanislavski’s obstacles
  24. Fabio Polanco and Diane Bonfiglio


    Part 3: Identifying Tactics

  25. The Tag-tic that Works
  26. Lynn Deboeck

  27. Improvising Tactical Choices Based on Status or "Who’s Driving the Dramatic Action Bus?"
  28. Jean Dobie Giebel

  29. Transformational Tactics: Engaging students in the heroic pursuit of their objective
  30. Kim Shivley

  31. Hunter/Hunted: Experiential Learning and the Actor’s Craft
  32. Valerie Clayman Pye

  33. Tactics and Action Drives: Stanislavski Meets Laban
  34. Conrad Alexandrowicz

  35. Stanislavski in the Voice Studio
  36. Deric McNish

  37. Stimulating Embodied Tactical Actions
  38. Lesley-Ann Timlick

  39. NRGs and the Nature of Action: The Lessac Tactic Circle
  40. Caroline Good

  41. Relaying Action – from Breath to Text
  42. Aaron Alpern and Rebecca Covey

  43. Using Improvisation to Identify Tactics
  44. Nathan Stith

  45. Activating the Actor with Game Theory: Using Gamification to Create Playable Tactics on Stage
  46. Jeanne Leep


  47. Recording Truth: The Camera in Acting Training

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About the Authors

Valerie Clayman Pye is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the School of Performing Arts at LIU Post, where she teaches Acting, Voice and Speech, and Shakespeare in Performance. She is the author of Unearthing Shakespeare: Embodied Performance and the Globe (Routledge 2017).

Hillary Haft Bucs is an actor/improviser, playwright, and director. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Western New England University where she teaches Acting, Improvisational Comedy, and Playwriting.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production