How to Apply Stanislavski Techniques

One Methods:Preparation, Motivation, and the Truth

How to apply the Stanislavski's technique in acting. For anyone who is taking their LAMDA or Drama exam then this could be a great start to knowing a bit more about Stanislavski and its technique.


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    Read about the play you are playing, it may sound silly as that's what you would do anyway, but this time reading as though you are a reader, not the character this will make sense later on. Take into account when things change and where they are.
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    After you have read the play find the storyline(The Plays objective.)also known as the through line. After you have read the whole play have decided on the objective of the whole play read your script and find that objective in that. (Tip help am stuck) - what is an objective? An objective is a goal of which should your character is wishing to achieve whether it is physical or mentally Eg when a woman says do I look fat in this dress. Their objective is for you to say no.
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    After you have decided on the objective find the obstacle once you have found the obstacle you start to think what's is really happening in this scene.
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    Now you know what play like reading from the reader's point of view you now know the object of your character and the whole play. You have figured out the obstacles stopping you from achieving your objectives. Now it is time to apply. Them all into one.

Preparation, Motivation, and the Truth

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    • As an actor you need to know your stage, sometimes this does not always apply but in productions like video, movies, or theatre you need to know where you can walk, remember stage direction
    • You need to think about how your character would move as well. Think about you're surrounded and how your character would move in this round.
    • If you are on stage in the theatre in the round surrounded familiarise yourself with the scenery get into your inner character.
    • Remember to look at your script. make note. Add stage direction.
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    Get some Motivation.
    • Motivation is very important, motivation is what motivated characters to do its objective. The motivation should be an objective or a reason for doing.
    • Give a reason for everything you do on stage, do not just get up and move stage left then right because you felt the scene was static, have a reason for why you are doing it justification could be a key bill building up a scenario for what is about to happen. Or to add to the climax of the event. Naturalism The more natural is the more in debt audience are what make the whole scene is so much better. Naturalism is something what Stanislavski really wanted to introduce back in 1906 in the oppose from the classical methods of acting, what was very over the top, and had big arm gestures.
    • The magic IF. Probably the most well-known phrase of Stanislavski acting method.
    • The magic if means if you were really, that character How you would react, what YOU would do (in the given circumstances, having the same objective and the same obstacle in the same place and time) what would you do? How would you react?
    • Circumstances. Think about your circumstances it is all good making up this massive dramatic scene in your head, and lots of shouting and screaming and fighting taking x-ray vision of flying superpowers. But if your little girl whose six-years-old and very scared and shy. None that is really can happen. ( Or is it) -.-
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    The True.
    • Now look at your pace in a fresh approach really think about the emotion do not just act it, BE IT, DO IT show then it is really happening and that is present. go for it.
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    One Stanislavski's the methods was to use, emotional recall in the scenes what can really help portray some of the characters emotions. ( help) What is emotional recall - Emotional Recall is when you look back on your own past and think about a time that reflect on the character your playing EG: (Characters given circumstance)is: mum has tragically passed away, (You) emotional recall I remember the time when my Mum. Dad, pet Friend pass away. I felt sad and did this....... then you would apply what you did and how you dealt with the situation in your character under the given circumstances objective obstacle time, place)
    • Now you have the main focus of the objective, BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. After all, you are Actor/Actress.
    • At your little heart out using the Stanislavski method acting.


  • 1.2.? (get it) one.two ? this is the bit in acting. As an actor you have read the script over and over again, you know what has gone happen next. You know the devious plan that any moment now someone is going to flying and still the Princess from the castle. Or that Humpty Dumpty's going to fall off that wall, and someone will be there to put back together again. Stanislavski said to remember the element of surprise. Every time you perform it used to be like it is the first time you ever before, the character is living in real life is happening before the audience, eyes.
  • Do not be incongruent (Help) What does this mean? (answer below)- incongruent
  • incongruent mean you are only acting through your face. You sound upset and your face looks upset but your body looks like you are in a disco having lots of fun. This is called incongruent.

Things You'll Need

  • Research (The play or script and book of what you are playing)
  • Paper and Pen (to write down notes)
  • A good amount of space.
  • Props (optional)
  • Bases acting experience.
  • Criteria sheet (if you are doing an exam)

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