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Stella Adler & Her Acting Technique

Stella Adler was an American actress and acting teacher who studied with Stanislavski and was a part of the Group theatre before breaking away and creating her own school of acting. What she created was not a strict set of rules that an actor must adhere to (Like Stanislavski’s method) but rather a system of that could be followed to get truthful, realistic results. This system is comprised of five basic principles that aim to tap into the actor’s imagination to enrich their acting. This is a significant departure from the idea that Lee Strasberg held onto, which was that of using the memory of an emotional experience and then to use that in performance. Instead, Adler encouraged actors to use their imaginations to bring the given circumstances to life. Her system still calls upon the Stanislavski based beliefs that the actor should use objectives, actions and the ‘as-if’ function.

However, her greatest belief was in the human imagination and that it was a powerful tool and that if the actor believed in the given circumstances of the script to the fullest extent, then the emotion and life of the scene would instinctively follow. This difference in opinion with Strasberg is eventually what broke up the Group Theatre, a collective of theatre artists and actors who came together in 1931 and set about to change what American theatre was at the time (light and trivial) into something that truly reflected the spirit of the times.

Ms Adler is described as an independently thinking theatre artist who wanted to pass that spirit on to student-actors, encouraging them to think for themselves and cultivate a point of view that would enrich their acting, and help turn a script into a living moment. She believed that this was what made acting alive and exciting and provided an opportunity to share ideas and ideals.

Students of Stella Adlers system include Marlon Brando (Adler is credited with being his first professional acting teacher) Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Benicio Del Toro, Harvey Keitel, Sidney Pollock, Martin Sheen and Eva Marie Saint. For more information about Stella Adler and her teachings you might want to consider reading one of her books such as, The Technique of Acting.

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