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By David Allen

Illustrations By Jeff Fallow


Drama/ Performing Arts

ISBN-13: 978-1-939994-35-6
Price: US $15.95
6x9 | Pages: 192
eBook ISBN: 978-1-939994-36-3
eBook Price: US $15.95
March 17, 2015

B/W Illustrations

Stanislavski was the first person to develop a cogent and practical system of acting. Throughout his life he sought the answers to some fundamental questions:

• What is great acting?
• Is there a grammar of acting? Can it be taught?
• What are the steps you should go through to create a character?
• How can you find inspiration at every performance?

Stanislavski remains the most important influence on actor training today. And yet many of his ideas are little known, or even misunderstood.

Stanislavski For Beginners charts the development of the Stanislavski system and how it grew from his own practice as an actor and director. The illustrated text includes a clear exposition of the key elements of the system, such as relaxation, concentration, emotion, memory, units and objectives, and the superobjective.  Finally, the book explores the Method of Physical Actions, which he worked on in the years before his death, and which he called “the result of my whole life’s work”.

Stanislavski For Beginners is both an invaluable guide to the Stanislavski system and a fascinating chronicle of his life.  It shatters some common myths and misconceptions, and blows away the cobwebs, bringing ideas vividly to life.


David Allen is a retired lecturer in drama at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written numerous articles on Chekhov.


Jeff Fallow is a graphic designer and illustrator. He lives and works in Fife with his wife and son. His hobbies include taxidermy and creating steampunk sculpture. He has had a number of historical comic books published, and a children's book called Scotland the Grave.

Check Out Stanislavski For Beginners on the Stage's APR 20, 2015 resource list for theater professionals

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