An Actor Prepares


Author: Constantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1447489861
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 322
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Friends of Stanislavsky have long known that he wished to leave a record of the methods by which the Moscow Art Company was built up, in such a form that it could be of use to actors and producers after his death. The first time he mentioned this wish to me he spoke of the projected work as a grammar of acting. In his own My Life in Art, and in similar expressions by persons who studied under him, a wholly different contribution has been made, one much easier, and in his opinion of lesser importance. A manual, a handbook, a working textbook has been his dream, and a most difficult one to realize. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

An Actor's Work


Author: Konstantin Stanislavski
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315474247
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 726
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Stanislavski’s ‘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 Stanislavski’s 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. This Routledge Classics edition includes a new Foreword by the director Richard Eyre.

Building a Character


Author: Esther McCracken,Constantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: Abdul Press
ISBN: 9781447439332
Category: Drama
Page: 310
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Contained within this rare antiquarian book is a fascinating guide for actors pertaining to the craft of creating and becoming a character, written by the father of method acting: Konstantin Stanislavski. A truly amazing and insightful book on the naturalistic approach to acting, this is a book sure to have been read by many famous actors and constitutes a veritable must-have for aspiring and seasoned actors alike. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 1938) was a Russian actor and theatre director, famous for being the progenitor of the Stanislavski method. Stanislavski received the Order of Lenin in 1937, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1938, and People's Artist of the USSR in 1936 for his prolific contributions to the arts. Elected for republication due to its immense historical and educational value, this book originally published in 1950 is proudly republished here with a new introductory biography of the author."

An Actor Prepares-- to Live in New York City

How to Live Like a Star Before You Become One
Author: Craig Wroe
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879109868
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 351
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(Limelight). A guide for actors, and everyone else, to getting the best for less and surviving, thriving and living the good life in the Big Apple. Here is the ultimate guidebook for the hordes of aspiring young performers who arrive in the Big City determined to climb the ladder to stardom. But the purpose of Craig Wroe, an actor himself, is not to provide instruction on how to refine acting, singing or dancing talents or how to land a job in the chorus of The Producers . Plenty of other books do that. His aim is far broader to help you survive in the crowded, frantic, expensive maelstrom that is New York. From finding a decent, reasonably inexpensive place to live to finding competent, reasonably inexpensive dental care, from getting computer training to organize your day-to-day existence to joining a gym to harden your body, from eating well to dressing better all on a tight budget there is virtually no aspect of life in New York that is not covered in this book. And it not only names names; it gives addresses and phone numbers as well. And keep in mind that newly-arrived lawyers, accountants, models, writers you name them need these things too.

An Actor Prepares-- to Work in New York City

How to Master the Business of the Business : a Step-by-step Guide to Launching a Career in the Big Apple
Author: Craig Wroe
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879103064
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 259
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(Limelight). The author of An Actor Prepares to Live in New York City has compiled a valuable resource for actors who come to the Big Apple seeking fame and fortune or just a decent job! All aspects of the profession are thoroughly detailed. "There are two certainties in an actor's life: uncertainty and waiting. Craig Wroe's indispensable Bible makes both agonies far more bearable...and will help to steady the actor as he gets on and off the roller coaster." Frank Langella

Creating a Role


Author: Konstantin Stanislavsky,Hermine I. Popper
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780878309818
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 271
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Creating a Roleis the culmination of Stanislavski's masterful trilogy on the art of acting. An Actor Prepares focused on the inner training of an actor's imagination. Building a Characterdetailed how the actor's body and voice could be tuned for the great roles he might fill. This third volume examines the development of a character from the viewpoint of three widely contrasting plays: Griboyedov's Woe from Wit, Shakespeare's Othello, and Gogol's The Inspector General. Building on the first two books, Stanislavski demonstrates how a fully realized character is born in three stages: "studying it; establishing the life of the role; putting it into physical form." Tracing the actor's process from the first reading to production, he explores how to approach roles from inside and outside simultaneously. He shows how to recount the story in actor's terms, how to create an inner life that will give substance to the author's words, and how to search into one's own experiences to connect with the character's situation. Finally, he speaks of the physical expression of the character in gestures, sounds, intonation, and speech. Throughout, a picture of a real artist at work emerges, sometimes failing, but always seeking truthful answers.

An Actor's Work on a Role


Author: Konstantin Stanislavski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135203431
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
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An Actor’s Work on a Role is Konstantin Stanislavski’s exploration of the rehearsal process, applying the techniques of his seminal actor training system to the task of bringing truth to one’s chosen role. Originally published over half a century ago as Creating a Role, this book was the third in a planned trilogy – after An Actor Prepares and Building a Character, now combined in An Actor’s Work – in which Stanislavski sets out his psychological, physical and practical vision of actor training. This new translation from renowned scholar Jean Benedetti not only includes Stanislavski’s 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.

Stanislavski's Legacy


Author: Constantin Stanislavski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135866252
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
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First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

My Life in Art


Author: Konstantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780878305506
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 582
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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Auditioning

An Actor-Friendly Guide
Author: Joanna Merlin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375725377
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 214
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Provides a guide to auditioning for film and theatrical roles with confidence, including tips on preparing for a role, finding the right monologues and songs to showcase talent, and dealing with creative criticism.

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Stanislavski for children
Author: Elizabeth Y. Kelly,Konstantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 169
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Sanford Meisner on Acting


Author: Sanford Meisner,Dennis Longwell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307830632
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. Throughout these pages Meisner is a delight—always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of Out of Africa and Tootsie, who worked with Meisner for five years. "This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."—Arthur Miller "If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."—Gregory Peck

The Intent to Live

Achieving Your True Potential As an Actor
Author: Larry Moss
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0553381202
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 358
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The legendary acting coach shares his inspirational philosophy and effective techniques--including case studies, exercises, and professional insights--designed to help actors connect personally with a script, develop a character from the inside out, overcome fear and inhibitions, hone technical skills, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

Stories and a novella
Author: David Gates
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385351542
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me is populated by characters, young, old or somewhere in between, who are broadly knowledgeable and often creative and variously accomplished, whether as doctors, composers, academics or journalists. Terrifyingly self-aware, each one of them carries the full weight of the human condition: parents in assisted-living facilities, too many or too few people in their families and marriages, the ties that bind a sometimes messy knot, age an implacable foe, impulses pulling them away from comfort into distraction or catastrophe. In settings that range across the metropolitan and suburban Northeast, we follow their lives, alternately hilarious and tragic, as they refuse to go gently—even when they’re going nowhere fast. Relentlessly inventive, these eleven stories and novella prove yet again that David Gates is one of our most talented, witty and emotionally intelligent writers.

An Actor's Handbook

An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting
Author: Konstantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
ISBN: 9780413630803
Category: Acting
Page: 160
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"I have felt there was nothing for me to do except to devote my labour and energy almost exclusively to the study of Creative Nature…I have acquired a sum of experience in the course of long years of work and this is what I have sought to share with you." (Stanislavski) Here in concise form is what Stanislavski said about acting, alphabetically arranged to aid students, professionals and lay people interested in the stage craft. These collected short statements on a variety of subjects cannot replace the full expression of Stanislavski's ideas and discoveries in his other books, but they will serve to refresh the reader's memory and pinpoint what Stanislavski has to offer enquiring minds both in and out of the theatre.