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Richard Boleslavsky Acting: the First Six Lessons (February 4, 1889 – January 17, 1937). Presented By: Evelyn Forsyth, Megan Rodriguez, Mimi Rife, and Ana Schuler. Life of Boleslavsky Megan. Polish actor and director Member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of it’s first studio

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Richard boleslavsky acting the first six lessons february 4 1889 january 17 1937

Richard BoleslavskyActing: the First Six Lessons(February 4, 1889 – January 17, 1937)

Presented By: Evelyn Forsyth, Megan Rodriguez, Mimi Rife, and Ana Schuler


Life of boleslavsky megan
Life of Boleslavsky Megan

  • Polish actor and director

  • Member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of it’s first studio

  • Moved to NY 1920’s- first teacher of the Stanislavski system

  • Later directed Broadway plays & Hollywood films in the 1930-40’s


The first lesson concentration ana
The First Lesson: Concentration Ana

  • Actor's concentration: The human soul.

    • First Period: The Searching

    • Second Period: The constructive

  • The five senses are the key to creation

  • Three parts of education

    • Body

    • Culture and intellectual concepts

    • Training of the soul


Exercise 1 all
Exercise #1 all

  • Education of the body

    • Gymnastics: Stretching and Roll Down

    • Dancing: Interpretive

    • Breathing Exercises: Sizzling 3 times on “S” and “Z”, Filling up lungs

    • Voice: Counting

    • Diction: To Sit in Solemn Silence on a Dull Dark Dock, New York


The second lesson memory of emotion ana
The Second Lesson: Memory of Emotion Ana

  • Unconscious Reactions

    • Example: Cucumber story

  • “To imitate is wrong. To create is right.”

  • Use of personal experiences

  • Abstract connections

    • Murderer – bug killing


Exercise 2 megan
Exercise #2 Megan

  • Pick a partner; A and B

  • A: Recall a short story to them in full detail

  • A: Retell story with less detail

  • A: Finally try to recreate the emotions without words.

  • Do the same steps with partner B


The third lesson dramatic action evelyn
The Third Lesson: Dramatic Action Evelyn

Leaves: Presentation of idea

Branches: Elements of the idea (coming from actor)

Trunk: Idea, Reason (coming from director)


Exercise 3 mimi
Exercise #3 Mimi

  • Pick a Partner; A and B

  • “One must choose his or her actions in accordance with the character of the part that opposes them.”

  • Three situations:

    • Two teenage friends

    • A: college student, B: Senior citizen

    • A: Skater, B: Valedictorian

  • A: So, you’ve finally made it to the fishbowl?

  • B: The what?

  • A: That’s what we call the box office. Its an inside joke.

  • B: Oh. I guess. Mr. Boston said he wanted you to train me.

  • A: Then let the training begin. People come up. They say what movie they want. You press this button. Take their money. Give them their ticket. There, you’re trained.

  • B: Now what?

  • A: Now sit down and wait. No one’s coming tonight. It’s Christmas Eve and all our movies suck.


The fourth lesson characterization megan
The Fourth Lesson: Characterization Megan

  • Pathological hypnotism: Unbelievable acting

    • Too complete sincerity

  • Create a unique life and soul

  • Physical & emotional personality:

    • Real life examples

    • Previous acting roles

    • Author’s mind process

  • Romeo & Juliet example


Exercise 4 evelyn
Exercise #4 Evelyn

  • Analyze the pictures below for:

    • Artist Motives

    • Time period

    • Character situation

  • Create a new posture based on these character choices


The fifth lesson observation mimi
The Fifth Lesson: Observation Mimi

  • Observation in relation to acting

    • Unusual things in everyday life

    • Builds memory and memory capacity

    • Develop sensory and muscle memory

    • Enriches inner life

    • Fully appreciate different personalities


Exercise 5 evelyn
Exercise #5 Evelyn

  • Get into pairs; assign A & B

  • Both will observe the video and take note of specific actions/gestures

  • B will pantomime the clip for A

  • A will point out any missed steps.

  • Switch; repeat steps for next clip.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmnhmHHOzKc

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9kVsnTQh-g


The sixth lesson rhythm mimi
The Sixth Lesson: Rhythm Mimi

  • Levels of Rhythm:

    • Consciousness

    • Emotions result of other’s feelings

    • Create your own rhythm (take into account other’s rhythm)

  • Building Rhythm

    • Absorb sounds of nature

    • Listen to music with entirety


Exercise 6 ana
Exercise #6 Ana

  • Lie down on the floor

  • Close your eyes and concentrate on the music played

  • Discuss the different types of rhythms presented in the music


Conclusion ceacor
Conclusion: CEACOR

  • C: concentration

  • E: emotions

  • A: action

  • C: characterization

  • O: observation

  • R: rhythm


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