Konstantin Stanislavski was born on January 17th 1863, in Moscow, Russia.His full name is Konstantin Alekseyev Stanislavski.The son of a wealthy manufacturer, he was granted much financial backing for his amateur theatre endeavors.Stanislavski is famous for his introduction of a new method of preparing for plays.
His method resulted in remarkable ensemble acting from those who studied his system.His career work would allow him to be seen as the most influential person in Russian theatre. Stanislavski was very vocal about his dislike for the melodramatic style of acting that was popular at that time in Russia and throughout the world.When he finished his schooling, he decided to do something about it.Stanislavski met and became friends with a successful playwright and teacher of theatre named Vladimir Nemitovich – Danchenko. Danchenko and Stanislavski began to discuss ways in which they could change Russian theatre for the better.
After a long meeting on June 22, 1897, the two decided to form the Moscow Art Theatre.Their new theatre was established with the hope of finding new truth and realism in theatre. In 1906, Stanislavski began to develop a new system for training actors, while at the same time acting and directing himself.In 1913 he set up an experimental theatre called “First Studio”, where the primary goal was to develop his new acting techniques.This new studio proved to be the training grounds for Stanislavski’s new approach towards acting.
On October 29, 1928 Konstantin Stanislavski suffered a major heart attack.While this shocking occurrence put an end to his days of acting, it lit a fire under his passion for directing, teaching and writing.He fine-tuned his methods of acting into a scientific approach.
This method of his was the result of many years of trial and error.Stanilavski’s method required actor’s to experience the feeling of living the life of another person.T..