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Constantin Stanislavski and Method Acting

Russian actor and theatre director, Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski developed a school of acting (which became commonly known in America as ‘the Method’) that has had the biggest influence in changing modern acting into what we know it as today. This method of acting contributed to the realistic style of performance that forms the basis of mainstream western acting that audiences can see in theatre, TV and film. One of the most remarkable things about Stanislavski’s system has been its ability to transcend different cultures (keeping in mind it was developed in Europe but is just as popular in America) and last through so many years. He was one of the first theatre artists to organize his principles into a set of techniques that could be used by the actor as a ‘method’ when approaching a new role or script.

Stanislavski’s method incorporates techniques like using ‘as if’, method of physical action and objectives- which meant that characters could have complex inner-lives and be more than the 2D clichés that they had been up until this point e.g., the ‘villain’ or the ‘hero’, one is good and one is bad and that is it. These psychological tools meant that meant that characters could be developed both from what he termed as the outside in and the inside out. The Method reflects the discipline and dedication that he believed was required to forge a career in acting. His method has been credited as being ‘common sense’ for the actor but it also has an over-arching reach over everything the actor does on stage within the confines of the script and if used diligently, will produce realistic results.

Stanislavski had a very special American student named Stella Adler and who was one of the members of the Group Theatre; a collection of actors in America that were dedicated to applying his teachings to Western acting to get a more realistic, sincere and truthful theatrical result. This support of the Method internationally is one of the ways Stanislavski’s system was so easily and thoroughly translated on an international scale.

Many could argue that most of the actors working today are using some variation of method of acting, so great is the degree of its influence. Among the actors who are credited with using it are James Dean, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman, Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier, Kate Winslet, Adrien Brody, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Swank, Anthony Hopkins, John Alexander and Sean Penn.

Make sure you ask what acting technique the acting school you are considering subscribes to.

Here are some other guidelines with regard to choosing the right acting school or acting class for you.

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