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Konstantin Stanislavski
An Actor Prepares

"An Actor Prepares" by Konstantin Stanislavski is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and has inspired generations of actors and trainers. Presented in the established translation by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood who worked alongside the author, Stanislavski's first volume remains as vital today as when it first appeared. Written as a drama class, "An Actor Prepares" deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. Stanislavski writes with imagination, passion and inspiration, introducing his concepts of the 'magic if, units and objectives, emotion memory, the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids for actors.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

Stanislavskis system has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre. Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavskis huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors. The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
My Life in Art

In his outstanding autobiography, Konstantin Stanislavsky reveals his own ideas and experience. Written with the same warmth, liveliness and ability to re-create reality that made Stanislavski a great actor, his autobiography tells of his childhood in the world of Moscow's wealthy merchants, his successes and failures as an amateur actor, how he studied human beings, and developed what has come to be known as the "Stanislavski Method," how his group of dedicated amateurs became "perhaps the greatest acting group the world has ever known (Washington Post)," The Moscow Art Theatre.
Constantin Stanislavski
Stanislavski's Legacy: A Collection of Comments on a Variety of Aspects of an Actor's Art and Life


Konstantin Stanislavsky
My Life in Art

Konstantin Stanislavski was a Russian director who transformed theatre in the West with his contributions to the birth of Realist theatre and his unprecedented approach to teaching acting. He lived through extraordinary times and his unique contribution to the arts still endures in the twenty-first century. He established the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 with, among other plays, the premiere of Chekhov's The Seagull. He also survived revolutions, lost his fortune, found wide fame in America, and lived in internal exile under Stalin's Soviet Union. Before writing his classic manual on acting, Stanislavski began writing an autobiography that he hoped would both chronicle his rich and tumultuous life and serve as a justification of his aesthetic philosophy. But when the project grew to 'impossible' lengths, his publisher (Little, Brown) insisted on many cuts and changes to keep it to its deadline and to a manageable length. The result was a version published in English in 1924, which Stanislavski hated and completely revised for a Soviet edition that came out in 1926. Now, for the first time, translator Jean Benedetti brings us Stanislavski's complete unabridged autobiography as the author himself wanted it from the re-edited 1926 version. The text, in clear and lively English, is supplemented by a wealth of photos and illustrations, many previously unpublished.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
An Actor's Work on a Role

An Actors Work on a Role is Konstantin Stanislavskys classic exploration of the rehearsal process, applying the techniques of his seminal actor training system to the task of bringing life and truth to ones role. Originally published over half a century ago as Creating a Role, this book became the third in a trilogy after An Actor Prepares and Building a Character, which are now combined in a newly translated volume called An Actors Work. In these books, now foundational texts for actors, Stanislavsky sets out his psychological, physical and practical vision of actor training. This new translation from renowned writer and critic Jean Benedetti not only includes Stanislavskis original teachings, but is also furnished with invaluable supplementary material in the shape of transcripts and notes from the rehearsals themselves, reconfirming The System as the cornerstone of actor training.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
An Actor's Handbook: An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting

This is the classic lexicon of Stanislavski's most important concepts, all in the master's own words. Upon its publication in 1963, An Actor's Handbook quickly established itself as an essential guide for actors and directors. Culling key passages from Stanislavski's vast output, this book covers more than one hundred and fifty key concepts, among them "Improvisation," "External Technique," "Magic If," "Imaginary Objects," "Discipline," "What Is My System?" and "Stage Fright." This new, attractively packaged edition will be an essential book for any performer.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Creating A Role

This volume completes, with An Actor Prepares and Building a Character, the trilogy in which Stanislavski set down his life's accomplishment. Creating a Role describes the elaborate preparation that precedes actual performance. Stanislavski here relates the techniques he describes in his preceding books to analyzing specific plays and their roles.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
Building A Character

This is the second volume of Stanislaviski's enduring trilogy on the art of acting. The "System" which he describes is a means both of mastering the craft of acting and of stimulating the actor's individual creativeness and imagination. It has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen, and still remains today the only comprehensive theory of acting we possess. In Building a Character Stanislavski discusses with mastery and insight the actor's physical means of expression for realizing character on stage, such as the use of body, movement, voice, tempo, expression, make-up and costume.
Konstantin Stanislavsky
An Actor Prepares

So much mystery and veneration surrounds the writings of the great Russian teacher and director Stanislavski that perhaps the greatest surprise awaiting a first-time reader of An Actor Prepares is how conversational, commonsensical, and even at times funny this legendary book is. After many productions with the Moscow Arts Company, Stanislavski sought a way to introduce his new style of acting to the world outside of his rehearsal hall. The resulting book is a "mock diary" of an actor describing a series of exercises and rehearsals in which he participates. He details his own emotional and intellectual reactions to each effort, and how his superficial tricks and mannerisms begin to disappear as he increasingly gives over his conscious ego to a faith in the creative power of his subconscious. Rarely has any writer on the theater achieved the sort of lucid and inspired analysis of the acting process as Stanislavski does here, and his introduction of such now-standard concepts as "the unbroken line," "the magic if," and the idea of emotional memory has laid the groundwork for much of the great acting of the 20th century. While much excess and nonsense was to follow in the steps of Stanislavski's writings, his original texts remain invaluable, and surprisingly accessible, to any actor or student of drama. --John Longenbaugh
Constantin Stanislavski
My Life in Art (Biography and Autobiography)

"This book is a necessity of every actor's life...one of the most remarkable books about the theatre that I have ever read" (Observer) No one has had a greater influence on acting as we know it than Stanislavski. His "method" - or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen. In My Life in Art Stanislavski recalls his theatrical career, from his early experiences in Rubinstein's Russian Musical Society to his final triumphs with Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theatre. His vivid account of his own most famous productions is interspersed with his anecdotes of the famous - of Kommisarjevksy, Tolstoy, Gorky, and of the Moscow visit of Isadora Duncan and Gordon Craig."The whole book is packed with entertainment, alternating with shrewd observation and a wealth of worldly wisdom...the most interesting and original work on the theatre that has been published for years" - Daily Telegraph"A wise and delightful book...it is packed with sage practical counsel to actors and actresses" - Times Literary Supplement
Constantin Stanislavski
My Life in Art

In his outstanding autobiography, Konstantin Stanislavsky reveals his own ideas and experience. Written with the same warmth, liveliness and ability to re-create reality that made Stanislavski a great actor, his autobiography tells of his childhood in the world of Moscow's wealthy merchants, his successes and failures as an amateur actor, how he studied human beings, and developed what has come to be known as the "Stanislavski Method," how his group of dedicated amateurs became "perhaps the greatest acting group the world has ever known (Washington Post)," The Moscow Art Theatre.
Constantin Stanislavski
Actor Prepares, An


Constantin Stanislavski
Building a Character


Constantin Stanislavski
An Actor's Handbook


Constantin Stanislavski
Building a Character (ACTORS PREPERATION, 4TH)

1st EDITION 1967, NINTH PRINTING. COPYRIGHT 1949 BY ELIZABETH REYNOLDS HAPGOOD. PRINTED IN THE USA IN 1967 FOR THETHEATRE ARTS BOOKS NEW YORK.



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