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Konstantin Stanislavski

russian actor/director
author of The Medthod

Psychophysical Actions

Action precedes the emotion
purposeful actions to fulfill character's needs
actor only plays actions, not emotions

Moscow Art Theater

founded by Stanislavski to showcase new realistic plays and to teach the method

The Method

Make outward behavior convincing
Inner needs of character
Character's life must be continuous

Techniques of the Method

through line of the character or the super-objective

Evolution of the Director in the Theater

must visualize and orchestrate
18th century bombastic acting style
paid claques
star system
greek choregus
roman dominus
actor-managers from Shakespeare's time
David Garrick - actor/manager of Drury Lane Theatre in 1780s - banished spectators from stage and abolished star system

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