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Stanislavski in Practice

Exercises for Students

By Nick O'Brien

© 2011 – Routledge

180 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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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.

This is an exercise book for students and a lesson planner for teachers on syllabi from Edexcel, WJEC and AQA to the practice-based requirements of BTEC. Each element of the System is covered practically through studio exercises and jargon-free discussion.

Over a decade’s experience of acting and teaching makes O’Brien perfectly placed to advise anyone wanting to understand or apply Stanislavski’s system.

Features include:

    • Practical extension work for students to take away from the lesson
    • Notes for teachers on how to use material with different age groups
    • Exam tips for students based on specific syllabi requirements
    • A chapter dedicated to using Stanislavski when rehearsing a text
    • A glossary of terms that students of the System will encounter


'A very useful, detailed approach to Stanislavksi suitable for students at KS5' – Ali Warren, Teaching Drama

'practical exercises for students to follow to gain understanding of the approaches that Stanislavski took to particular elements of acting' – Ali Warren, Teaching Drama

'Overall the effect is excellent.' – Ali Warren, Teaching Drama

'…in terms of pure acting content, this is a useful resource. Summing Up: Recommended.' – CHOICE, January 2012

‘Your Stanislavski book is like a bible to me.’ Haymie Thakar, Head of Performing Arts, Uxbridge College, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Objectives 2. Action 3. Imagination 4. Free body 5. Communication 6. The Super Objective, Through Action and Germ 7. Events 8. Tempo-rhythm, Voice and Movement 9. Rehearsing a Play 10. Improvisations 11. The Acting Exercise Programme

About the Author

Nick O’Brien runs Stanislavski workshops across the UK. He trained at the Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing and has a PGCE from Keele University. He is an Examiner for Edexcel.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism