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A selection of support materials for Unit 3 & 4

Constantin Stanislavski

Online databases:

A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.

Both EBSCOhost and Gale INFOTRAC have specialized databases so use these first. 

Suggested articles would include:

  • Stanislavski in America: This article focuses on the influence of the acting theories of Russian actor Constantine Stanislavski in the U.S. It states that Stanislavski's connection to the U.S. started when he took his Moscow Art Theatre on tour to escape from the aftermath of a devastating war, two revolutions, and four years of civil war in Russia. Furthermore, it says that the factors that caused the influence of Stanislavski in the U.S. include his realism, his taste for romance, and the fact that he is not English.
  • He did nothing for money: Konstantin Stanislavsky became legendary very quickly. It is now hard to see even traces of the real man, who was a co-founder of the Moscow Art Theater and whose ''system'' is still alive today in the generations of actors trained in this country by Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg. 

  • 150 Years With Stanislavsky: Until the middle of the twentieth century, caricatures of American actors commonly depicted a histrionic performer with one hand on his breast and the other extended toward the balcony while he declaimed, "To be or not to be." Then, around the 1950s, this cartoon image gave way to another that of a jittery mumbler in a t-shirt who confided his words to his chest.

Stanislavski's System

Suggested slide shows

Five Truths - Constantin Stanislavski

This video features two films from the Five Truths installation that focus on a Stankislavskian approach to the character of Ophelia. What are the differences between five of the most influential European theatre practitioners of the 20th century? How would these five directors work with the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What would they ask the actress to do and how would they ask the actress to behave? A video installation looking at these questions, called Five Truths and commissioned by the V&A in partnership with the National Theatre was created by a group of contemporary theatre makers lead by director Katie Mitchell. The multi-screen installation brings together five interpretations of Ophelia's madness in Hamlet. Ten screens of varying sizes simultaneously play films of Ophelia interpreted dramatically through the lens of Constantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook. Curated by Kate Bailey, created by director Katie Mitchell, video designer Leo Warner, set designer Vicki Mortimer, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Gareth Fry, starring Michelle Terry as Ophelia.

Jean Benedetti on Stanislavski (Audio):

Theatre expert Jean Benedetti, honorary professor at Rose Bruford College, talks to Aleks Sierz about his brand new translation of Konstantin Stanislavski’s writings, and why the Russian director (1863-1938) is still relevant to actor training today.

Online encyclopaedia:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and reliable information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Don't forget Britannica has ready made citations for you to use.

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Reference Generator:

Reference Generator It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.


A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Konstantin Stanislavsky 2019. Britannica School. Retrieved 14 February 2019, from

Naturalism and Stanislavski 2019, BBC, accessed 14 February 2019, <>.

PROFFER, ELLENDEA. "HE DID NOTHING FOR MONEY." New York Times, 05 Mar 1989. elibrary,


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