Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski

Born Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski on 17th January 1863 he was a noted Russian Actor and Theatre Director. Stanislavski developed new acting techniques which became known as his “system”. This system was passed down through his pupils and began to encompass what for many has become the basics of acting. Many of his techniques are derived from common sense making them accessible and easily understood. The have today become common place for most UK based Drama School training. 

Stanislavski believed that being an actor was a serious artistic undertaking involving dedication and discipline. Throughout his life he subjected his acting and thus his technique to much self analysis and reflection. The system he developed coming from his own desire to over come the blocks in his performances. Stanislavski’s method is often thought to closely relate to the more recently developed American Method, also known as “method acting”. The fundemental difference being that Stanislavski’s system dealt with both the “inner” and “outer” character as opposed to the american method which just deals with the “outer” or “physical” character.

Stanislavski became very interested in living the character and this forms the basis of his method. He would often be found wondering around “in character” in order to perfect this technique. It involves taking the character out of the play allowing them to live in the real world, reacting to different and real situations. By knowing how a character behaves in the real world an actor can focus on the character as a real person as opposed to the two dimensional one written into the pages of the play.

The next part of the system focused on emotional memory allowing actors to truly experience the character they were playing. Actors are encouraged to use their own memories to experience the characters emotions. Stanislavski noted that when first trying to get actors to do this, over dramatization of a characters situation became apparent. It was realised that in order to for an actor to create truth for the character he or she must believe entirely in the situation or given circumstance in order for the emotion to be clear and truthful.

Stanislavski died on 7th August 1938 leaving behind a legacy that is still very much in use today.

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Ted Shawn and pupils at Mariarden. (The Dance Dept. of this…

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Digital ID: DEN_1479V. Ted Shawn and pupils at Mariarden. (The Dance Dept. of this summer drama school was directed by Ted Shawn 1922-23.). Muray, Nickolas — Photographer. 1923.

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The Actors Studio Drama School at PACE University Celebrates 13th Repertory Season

This year’s 27 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University includes:

*Young Simba from Broadway’s The Lion King and the originator of the role of Jack Scott in Disney’s stage version of High School Musical

*Reigning Miss Black USA (2010)

*Loud Nanny in The Nanny Diaries (The Weinstein Company)

*Musician featured on the double platinum album The Light & The Shadow, which launched hip hop into Israel’s mainstream

*Grammy award winner, recognized for her outstanding choral and drama programs in a South Carolina high school

*Fulbright Scholar

*Lauded playwright – For the Winter (finalist, 35th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Contest), and Four Sons (winner, Under 20’s Playwriting Contest, Tarragon Theatre).

*Director of Martha and Me: A Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival

*Winner of the State of Ohio Solo Musical Theatre Thespian Competition at age 16

*Tri-linguist in English, French and Spanish

*Fortune 500 banker turned actor

All are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings. They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others. But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursue their dream and refine their craft as actors, director or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.

These 27 “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a five-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2009, they’ve been watched by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

This bird’s-eye view of industry greats also comes with red carpet/Schimmel Theater stage interview privileges, allowing the students to pose questions “one-on-one” to Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winners they someday hope to emulate.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton himself has been asked these past 13 years by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Lipton got his wish during this past academic year, when Bradley Cooper, a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000, walked across the Schimmel Theater stage and sat in the chair opposite him and his blue cards in an episode which aired Monday, March 14, 2011.

During his graduate school years, Lipton was Cooper’s dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. Lipton, Kemp and Manolikakis are still very much part of the Actors Studio Drama School program today. Along with Bradley’s star, theirs has risen as well with Manolikakis now Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program and Kemp currently Director of Acting Department.

Having Cooper return was not only an exciting experience for current MFA students, but also a powerful testament as to their future capabilities, truly taking “the world is your oyster” to heart.

In addition to Cooper, the MFA candidates have received words of wisdom from Lipton Inside the Actors Studio guests such as: Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, James Cameron, James Carrey, Sean Combs, Danny DeVito, The Family Guy Cast, Colin Firth, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Laura Linney, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Ross, Mickey Rourke, Richie Sambora, Charlie Sheen, Brooke Shields, Christian Slater, Hilary Swank and Tico Torres.

The 2011 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from April 13 through May 14. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 613-6209 and email is

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How to Grow to be a Drama Teacher

Drama is now 1 of the most common subjects to comply with at GCSE and A stage. With so a lot of students finding a passion for drama it is important to know what possibilities are accessible when it comes to pursing a job.

Primary Teacher Training

Would be Performers have numerous alternatives they can research drama at college or pick one of the top rated 23 drama colleges in England that are members of the CDS.

Child performers possibly in a position to make the transition, from youngster actor to grownup, with no having to go to drama school. Although this is certainly unusual, it is not unattainable.

Even so, not all of us desires to be a performer some favor to teach, so what teaching do you will need. Effectively I spoke to a single drama student who advised me all about her journey from leaving

Blag Youth Theatre in Rickmansworth to landing a 1st class career in a secondary college in Hertfordshire, she also outlines other routes into becoming a drama teacher.

‘My passion for drama started in my early teens, when I joined Blag Youth Theatre. There I was ready to increase my expertise and experiment with improvisation and scripted items. It also gave me performance possibilities which confirmed my passion for the arts.

I left school with three A-amounts (Theatre research, Music and English Lit.) in 1998. I went on to do a three 12 months diploma in Drama and Theatre Research and graduated in 2001. Throughout the subsequent three many years I worked with a assortment of various aged youngsters working outdoor adventure actions. I then created the selection to become a secondary college teacher and to go back again to college; so in 2004 I commenced a PGCE in drama at Chester College. This course took a 12 months and was extremely hands-on with two teaching placements in distinct colleges.

After I finished this yr I started out as an NQT (Recently Certified teacher) at a school in Hertfordshire – When I had performed 1 yr at this school i was a totally-competent teacher of drama!!

There are other routes into teaching:
Primary Teacher Training

If you make the decision before I did and know when you finish your A-Levels that you want to be a teacher then you can do a four yr program at University and turn into both a principal teacher or a secondary teacher with drama specialism.

If you have a drama degree already and desire to educate drama then you can both utilize to do a PGCE, like me or a GTP. A GTP is a school based mostly qualification where by you function in a college for a diminished salary until eventually you qualify.

If you have a diploma in another matter then you can nevertheless turn out to be a drama teacher but may possibly have to do a brief course to convert your specialism.’

Positive, a teacher education system is “easy” the moment you’re in, but not so a lot the circumstance when it comes to the application course of action.<br /><br /><a rel=”nofollow” onclick=”javascript:_gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’, ‘/outgoing/article_exit_link/4100291’]);” href=”http://www.primaryteachertraining”>Primary Teacher Training</a>

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