STAN's - The Method Introduction

The Breakdown of the System
Stan says- "theatre is a pulpit which is the most powerful means of influence; besides entertainment, theatre should develop people’s taste and raise the level of their culture."

Elements of Action:
  • Given Circumstances - The details
  • Magic IF - Imagination
  • Concentration of Attention - P.O.F.
  • Truth and Belief -
  • Improvisation
  • Active Verbs
  • Super-Objective
  • Through Line
  • Communion
  • Adaptation
  • Tempo-Rhythm
  • Emotional Memory
  • Physical Training  

The system (or method)
Cannot be learned by heart.

It has to be assimilated, absorbed gradually.
1.) To know the system means to be able to use it.
2.) It must be learned as an unbreakable whole, without
dividing its various elements.
Isolated study of the elements
can fragment the actor’s behavior on stage.


Here are some guidelines from Stanislavski for finding and creating believable action.

  • Soul and Body are indivisible; no inner experience without outer external expression - must learn to connect them.
  • Human psychological life - moods, desires, feelings, intentions, ambitions - expressed thru simple physical actions.
  • Instead of feeling an emotion before going on stage, the actor fulfills a simple, concrete, purposeful physical action which stirs the psychological side of the psychophysical act, thus achieving psycho-physical involvement.
  • Action must be carefully selected on the basis of the play’s circumstances (study the play!); it takes a great deal of experimentation to find the right one, but when you do so, you can achieve spontaneity.
  • Exercises and Improvs: An analogous emotion in your own life should be, as much as possible, the basis for the situation in any improv; be yourself in different circumstances.
  • Search for a unique physical action which is connected to the emotion you want to stir -the action will trigger the emotion & you will behave in a psycho-physical way.
  • Most exercises should be done to music.
  • In all improvs, an actor must think in 3 steps: 1) beginning(exposition), 2)develop, 3)end
  • Think of actions, not feelings; do not try too hard, but do not be nonchalant or careless; be concrete in what you do; do not do anything “in general” (the enemy of art); always have an important objective.

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