Building a Character is the second of stage actor/director Constantin Stanislavski’ s three books on his method for learning the art of acting. It was first published. Building a Character has ratings and 30 reviews. Ahmad said: Building a Character (The Acting Books #2), Konstantin Stanislavski عنوان: شخصیت پردازی. In this follow up to his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski develop his influential ‘system’ of acting by exploring the imaginative.

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Nov 14, Sherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stanislavski toured America with the company in Creating A Role Constantin Stanislavski. During his early years at the Moscow Art Theatre, he directed the first productions of Chekhov’s Uncle VanyaThree Sisters and The Cherry Orchard as well as a series of celebrated versions of Shakespeare.

Other books in the series. In his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski dealt with the imaginative processes. To that end, the author spends most of these pages outlining in great detail strategies and exercises to develop the physicality of your body, the versatility of your voice and vocal patters, and your sense of timing and rhythm.

Naturalistic approach, but there are lots of crossovers to other styles. It’s kind of something that you just have to experience and play around with in rehearsal I think.

Early Modern and Renaissance Plays: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in acting. Violence and the Sacred Rene Girard. Building a Character deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage through such tools Apr 13, E Taylor is currently reading it.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Stanislavski’s work draws on a wide range of influences and ideas, including his study of the modernist and avant-garde developments of his time naturalism, symbolism and Meyerhold’s constructivismRussian formalism, Yoga, Pavlovian behaviourist psychology, James-Lange via Ribot psychophysiology and the aesthetics of Pushkin, Gogol, and Tolstoy.

Building a Character Bloomsbury revelations. Chapter 4 Making the Body Expressive. Chapter 15 Patterns of Accomplishment. Last few chapters in the book were really interesting.

Building a Character

In Building a Character, Stanislavski outlines the work an actor needs to do to develop himself to have a sharp vocal, physical, and emotionally expressive instrument.

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I was expecting a how-to manual, but it was more of a collection of anecdotes that I had no idea how to apply to my own life. Pedagogy of Hope Paulo Freire. Volume 2 of THE classic actor’s handbook, and though “Method Acting” is essentially out of style, you have to know where the art has been to understand where it is now. There comes a point about halfway through “Building a Character” when Stanislavski’s earnest young protagonist, Kostya, complains to his mentor, Torstov, that this batch of lessons all seem rather technical and not nearly as much fun as all the creativity and inspiration that was the foundation of the last batch of lessons buildng in Stanislavski’s first volume, “An Actor Prepares”.

The Acting Books 3 books.

Stanislavski’s techniques for building a character are as useful to the lay person as to the actor–they are practical lessons in self-control.


I know Stanislavski’s approach to acting is highly revered. And like Kostya, you will likely feel like skipping over some of the tedious instructions Torstov delivers. Though many aspects cannot be learned, only it can be improvised through sequential practice. Chapter 11 TempoRhythm in Movement. I found the way the book was written to be distracting and interfered with the learning experience. Building A Character by Konstantin Stanislavski is a textbook masquerading sanislavski a novel.

The language is not the easiest to follow but the science and thought is fascinating.

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This isn’t as interesting as Biilding Actor Prepares, there’s a lot weirder stuff here that’s harder to relate to. Yban rated it it was amazing Jul 26, His ‘system’ resulted from a persistent struggle to remove the blocks he encountered.

Jun 19, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 06, Chad Bearden rated it really liked it Shelves: He lays out a system tsanislavski acting that demands a kind of psychological realism that was rarely seen in preth Century acting styles. Infaltable en las bibliotecas de los amantes del Teatro. Great material Covers precisely the aspects of character building.

Building A Character

Sep 01, Nidhi Sehgal rated it really liked it. The entire book is in quotes Building A Character by Konstantin Stanislavski is a textbook masquerading as a novel. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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