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An Actor's Work (The Acting Books #1-2)

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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-
Paperback, 693 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Routledge (first published 1938)
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When I read An Actor Prepares in my first acting class of my undergraduate career, it changed my life. Okay, to say it changed my life is a little drastic but it really gave me a new perspective on acting. I had never much thought about theory or process before that point.

Fast forward 7 and a half years and here I am reading this new translation combined with Stanislavski's other work Building a Character and it's just as mind opening. I love theory, I love exploring what makes acting work and m
Michael Gilboe
Everything you thought you knew is wrong. Well, not exactly. But this translation has many significant differences in terms from the translation everyone has been reading for decades. Overall, I feel like this is written more plainly. It would probably be easier to understand in general, however, while the translation feels very faithful and accurate, it is also less heavily edited. Thus, it rambles a bit more as well. Overall very solid, and in any case, this is the one I will use to teach acti ...more
Erin Ziebro
I read this book for an acting class I took. Although dense and at times hard to get through, Stanislavski knows what he is talking about. I learned to much from just the first half of this book!
Seems to be the best and most comprehensive English translation of the original Russian text.
Nov 15, 2009 Joann is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading through this very slowly. I think I'll try to go through it with a class. We'll see.
Evgeniy Moroz
It`s wonderful :3
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Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski was a Russian actor and theatre director.

Stanislavski's innovative contribution to modern European and American realistic acting has remained at the core of mainstream western performance training for much of the last century. Building on the directorially-unified aesthetic and ensemble playing of the Meiningen company and the naturalistic staging of Antoine and
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