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2nd Edition

Stanislavski in Practice
Exercises for Students

ISBN 9781138280755
Published September 21, 2017 by Routledge
258 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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. Exercises are designed to support syllabi from Edexcel, Eduqas, OCR and AQA to the practice-based requirements of BTEC and IB Theatre.

This is the perfect exercise book for students and a lesson planner for teachers at post-16 and first year undergraduate level.

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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Free Body


The Super Objective, Through Action and Germ

Tempo-rhythm, voice and movement

Rehearsing and Play


The Acting Exercise Programme

The Directing Exercise Programme

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Nick O’Brien trained as an actor and director for four years under Sam Kogan, who was a pupil of Maria Knebel, one of Stanislavski’s pupils in Moscow. He has a PGCE from Keele University, UK. Nick founded and runs The Stanislavski Experience delivering workshops and teacher training in the UK and abroad. Nick has written Theatre in Practice, also published by Routledge, and created the Stanislavski in Practice films.