method acting

“Doubt: A Parable”

June 3rd, we had our first Stanislavsky class as an online group. First we talked about the method. Then, we jumped right into a reading. The play we read from was John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable.”

The impromptu performances at our virtual table read were a gift to me, the coach. And the gift to us from the playwright were the hidden gems in the play, mostly in parenthesis as stage directions.

As playwright Laura Gunderson advises, “do not ignore stage directions!” That is absolutely right. Stage directions are there for a reason. They save both the director and the actors a great deal of time. They are a map of the mine!

In “Doubt,” our students were surprised to realize they had not noticed Father Flynn sitting on Sister Aloysius’s chair and the extra tension created from that.

Stanislavsky would probably love a scene where so much is said with a simple physical action: sitting at a desk.

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Pauses and silence in acting

First, Luciana Lambert gives her own application of Stanislavsky’s ‘physicality’ and ’emotional memory’.

Secondly, learn why Lee Strasberg changed the term ’emotional memory’ into ‘sense memory’ in his studio.

Moreover, Luciana gives you personal tips on how to explore pauses and silence to deliver a powerful performance.

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Meet Stanislavsky

In this video, you get a brief introduction of the Stanislavsky method for actors: it is the most reliable system of techniques actors use for excellence in performance.

Take some practical tips from this lecture. Watch the video and explore ways of making your performance come alive in an emotional, relatable way.

This is the first of 3 videos where you will learn all of the basic aspects of the Stanislavsky method.

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