Experiencing Stanislavsky Today
Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor
Routledge – 2016 – 468 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.
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.
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
Stephanie French is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre at East Stroudsberg University.
Philip G. Bennett is an actor, artistic director and Instructor of the Stanislavski System of Acting: The Method of Physical Actions and Active Analysis. He was a founding member of the American Stanislavski Theatre, in New York.