1st Edition

Stanislavsky and Intimacy

Edited By Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham Copyright 2024
    180 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    180 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Stanislavsky and Intimacy is the first academic edited book with a focus on how intimacy protocols, choreography, and theories intersect with the broad practices of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s ‘system’.

    As the basis for most Western theatre and film acting, Stanislavsky’s system centers on truthful performances. Intimacy direction and choreography insists on not only a culture of consent, but also specific, repeatable choreography for all staged intimate moments. These two practices have often been placed as diametric opposites, but this book seeks to dispel this argument. Each chapter discusses specific Stanislavskian principles and practices as they relate to staged sexually intimate moments, also opening the conversation to the broader themes and practices of other kinds of intimacy within the acting field.

    Stanislavsky And... is a series of multi-perspectival collections that bring the enduring legacy of Stanislavskian actor training into the spotlight of contemporary performance culture, making them ideal for students, teachers, and scholars of acting, actor training, and directing.

    1. Consent and Impulse to Action within Intimacy Choreography

    Laura Rikard

    2. Stanislavsky and Intimacy: The Brain-Body Responds

    Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham

    3. Which Me do you See?: Emotional and Social intimacy, Researched or Revealed

    Chrissie Poulter

    4. Relaxed Readiness, Increased Awareness, and Intimacy Protocols: Increasing Actors’ Agency and Authenticity in Stanislavsky’s System

    Emily A. Rollie

    5. The Pillars of Stanislavsky

    D Granke

    6. Going There: Black Women and the Stanislavsky Method

    Ann C. James

    7. Stanislavsky and Staged Sexual Intimacy in Film: An Interview with Intimacy Coordinators Vanessa Coffey and David Thackeray

    Vanessa Coffey, David Thackeray, and Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham

    8. Techniques for Action within Actor Boundaries for Film and Theatre

    Pia Rickman


    Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham is a director, actor, staged intimacy professional, scholar, and educator at Kansas State University, USA.