BACKGROUND INFORMATION• His innovative contribution to modern European and American realistic acting has remained at the core of mainstream western performance training for much of the last century.• Stanislavskis work was as important to the development of socialist realism in the USSR as it was to that of psychological realism in the United States. Many actors routinely identify his system with the American Method, although the latters exclusively psychological techniques contrast sharply with Stanislavskis multivariant, holistic and psychophysical approach
• Legacy of his way of acting Boleslavsky BOLESLAVSKY LEGACY • Founded American Laboratory Theatre Ricahrd• Stanislavski had different pupils during each of Boleslavky the phases of discovering and experimenting with a Universal System of acting. • Ricahrd B.’s student• One such student, , founded • Co-founded the first American acting company to put the American Laboratory Theatre in 1925. Lee Stanislavskis first discoveries into Strasberd theatrical practice.• One of Boleslavskys students went on to co-found the Group Theatre (1931-1940) with Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, the first American acting company to put Stanislavskis first discoveries into theatrical practice.
MEISNER LEGACY Another of Stanislavskis students, Sanford Meisner, was an actor at The Group Theater who went on to teach at New York Citys Neighborhood Playhouse where he developed what came to be known as the Meisner Technique.
Among the actors who have employed Stanislavskis System in someform are:Jack Garfein, Jack Nicholson, Marilyn Monroe,James Dean, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift,Harvey Keitel, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman,Warren Beatty, Robert Duvall, Johnny Depp,Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier…
…Jessica Lange, William Hurt, Dustin Hoffman,Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman,Kevin Spacey, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave,Benicio del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, VincentDOnofrio, Kate Winslet, Adrien Brody, DenzelWashington, Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Swank,Anthony Hopkins, John Alexander and SeanPenn.