Experiencing Stanislavsky Today

Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor

By Stephanie Daventry French, Philip G. Bennett

© 2016 – Routledge

606 pages

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Paperback: 9780415693950
pub: 2016-02-11
Hardback: 9780415693943
pub: 2016-02-12

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About the Book

This pioneering introduction to Stanislavsky's methods and modes of actor training covers all of the essential elements of his System. Recreating ‘truthful’ behaviour in the artificial environment, awareness and observation, psychophysical work, given circumstances, visualization and imagination, and active analysis are all introduced and explored.

  • Each section of the book is accompanied by individual and group exercises, forming a full course of study in the foundations of modern acting.
  • A glossary explains the key terms and concepts that are central to Stanislavsky’s thinking at a glance.
  • The book’s companion website is full of downloadable worksheets and resources for teachers and students.

Experiencing Stanislavsky Today is enhanced by contemporary findings in psychology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology that illuminate the human processes important to actors, such as voice and speech, creativity, mind-body connection, the process and the production of emotions on cue. It is the definitive first step for anyone encountering Stanislavsky’s work, from acting students exploring his methods for the first time, to directors looking for effective rehearsal tools and teachers mapping out degree classes.

Table of Contents

Part One: Experiencing - the elements of acting 1. The Creative Space 2. Elements of Stage Action 3. The Psychophysical Actor 4. The Given Circumstances 5. Creating and Communicating Vivid Inner Life 6. Communion and Mutual Influence through Mental Action 7. Communion and Mutual Influence through Physical Actions 8. Mutual Influence through Verbal Action 9. Psychophysical Stimulation of Emotions Part Two: Creative Principles in Scene Work 10. The Actor as Designer of the Role 11. Source Material - Preparatory Analysis and Research about the Play and Character 12. Active Analysis through Physical Actions

About the Authors

Stephanie Daventry French has directed over 40 productions using Stanislavsky's Active Analysis. She teaches the Stanislavsky System integrated with many other techniques as head of the Acting for Theatre, Television and Film track at East Stroudsburg University.

Philip G. Bennett has been an actor, teacher and director of the Stanislavsky System since 1969 - Artistic Director of the San Francisco Theatre Academy 1976-1984, the Bennett TheatreLab & Conservatory 1984-present, and Assistant Artistic Director to Russian emegré teacher, Sonia Moore, American Stanislavski Theatre, 1969 – 1975.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General