The Actor in Training
Experiencing the Stanislavsky System in the 21st Century
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
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. The Actor in Training is the definitive first step for anyone encountering Stanislavsky’s work, from acting students to teachers mapping out degree classes.
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