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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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Actors and Performances

Every teacher of actors, and every actor, has his or her own way of working. Instead of reprinting what can be read in acting manuals—and to quote much less than most of such a book would do it an injustice—this section is made up of a number of short statements that together can give some idea of the work that an actor must do.

Toward Performance: Konstantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht, Otis Skinner, Ralph Richardson, and Alan Schneider

Konstantin Stanislavsky

When Konstantin Stanislavsky was asked to address a new group of students at the school of the Moscow Art Theatre in October 1924, the acclaimed director, actor, and teacher tried to encapsulate all his advice, the “basic propositions” of what was already ...

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