Inside Stanislavski: Applications for the Screen Actor
Learn the historic Stanislavski acting method combining the physical and emotional spheres to build an authentic character and true inner life, as well as how this method becomes the basis of many other acting techniques.
What you can learn.
- Understand the philosophical and ethical imperatives of the Stanislavski method
- Develop the practical techniques to perform this method with confidence and depth
- Run the gamut of character preparation from initial research to physical embodiment
- Learn mental preparation tricks such as relaxation, concentration, and emotional memory
About this course:The great Russian actor, director, and teacher Konstantin Stanislavski had a method that combined physicality and spirituality when building a character as the shorter route to finding its inner life. Learn these practical techniques of Stanislavski to perform with confidence and depth. Exercises are supplemented with discussion of Stanislavski's concepts, philosophy, and ethics. Most modern acting methods are grounded in the Stanislavski system, and understanding the basics of this system helps the actor understand and study other acting techniques. Topics include action vs. emotion, using imagination to create real emotions, relaxation and concentration, emotional memory, and building a character through physicality and voice. At the end of the course, you will have acquired techniques to learn how to deal with stage fright, how to approach a role and inhabit it from the initial research to the physical embodiment of the character, and how to avoid bad acting habits, such as faking emotion or overacting.
Winter 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.