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The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

By Bella Merlin
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424067, 360 pages, June 2014


The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career.

It is organised into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners.

Each stage of the process is explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today's actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky's toolkit.


"One of the essential books about acting for both professionals and students… brings new clarity to unlocking what Stanislavsky means for actors today. "Michael Earley, Principal, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

"The ultimate 'all in one' panacea for drama teachers struggling to make Stanislavsky's teachings understandable for students. " —Teaching Drama

"Bella Merlin magically converts her extensive knowledge into real-world practice and on-the-floor technique. This new edition is a necessary and lively resource for any theatre practitioner. " —David Chambers, Professor of Directing, Yale School of Drama

"Erudite but very accessible. .. a brilliantly researched study. " —Amateur Stage

"A great achievement. .. a serious, no-nonsense interpretation of Stanislavsky's thinking written by an actor-teacher with considerable experience. .. I shall be going back to this Toolkit again and again. " —ReviewsGate. com