Please join us for the inaugural event of the Stanislavsky Research Centre based at the University of Leeds.
‘The Inner Creative State: Practical Stanislavsky for the 21st-Century Actor’
A Practical Lecture/Presentation to celebrate the launch of the Stanislavsky Research Centre, by Bella Merlin, PhD.
May 7th 2019 (5-7.30pm) Alec Clegg Studio, stage@leeds, University of Leeds
In our increasingly digitized and visual industry, actors have to adapt their skillsets constantly for different media, styles of storytelling and myriad roles. How might we develop our ‘inner creative state’ so that we can remain professionally flexible, imaginatively available and emotionally thin-skinned?
In this practical lecture/presentation, Bella Merlin draws upon recent experience in film, theatre and actor training to share how Stanislavsky’s ‘toolkit’ provides a sound bedrock for developing our ‘inner creative state’. Using the fundamental principles of Active Analysis, along with tools including a ‘constant state of inner improvisation’, the ‘creation of the living word’ and ‘dual consciousness’, Merlin addresses how practice-as-research can take us deeper into our acting processes.
Bella Merlin, PhD. is an actor, writer and Professor of Acting and Directing at the University California, Riverside. Her publications include The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit (NHB, 2014), Konstantin Stanislavsky (Routledge, 2018), and Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (NHB, 2016).
Tickets are free but registration is essential:
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception with more details about the Centre’s programme of activities.
We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds.
Paul Fryer (Director)
Jonathan Pitches (Deputy Director)