I have been fascinated by Stanislavsky since I was 15 years old. I do not believe in the Stanislavsky system of acting as a solution to all acting problems. But I do believe that Stanislavsky is the most important contributor to modern acting technique. His attempts to systematise acting, to improve training and the standards and quality of an actor’s performance is inspirational.
Over the past (almost) thirty years, I have collected his works, works about him and books related to Stanislavsky, his ideas, his Studios or the MXAT (Moscow Art Theatre). More recently I started looking for books that I did not own and found that I was running out. Most second hand bookshops in the UK do not stock obscure Stanislavsky-related material.
With today’s blog, I am doing two things:
I am making a list of the Stanislavsky and Stanislavsky related literature that I own, so that all those with a fascination for Stanislavsky can find those books for themselves. I am not reviewing or commenting on them, although some of them would make the top ten, and some would not.
I am asking you if you know of some Stanislavsky or Stanislavsky-related books that I might have missed. Maybe you have written one, maybe you are in the process. Maybe you have one on your shelf that might be handy. Please get in touch. Missing your book makes my collection incomplete.
Certainly when I looked online I could not find a collected list.
I should add that I am not including those published in Russian. Although every day I wish that Sergei Tscerkasski’s comparative book on Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky and Strasberg was published in English - along with a lot of biographies of actors from the MXAT and people that knew Stanislavsky, I am going to focus on those books that are written in or have been translated into English.
I hope this is helpful to those of you who might need it.
Stanislavsky / Stanislavski Bibliography
Benedetti, Jean. (1998) Stanislavski & The Actor. London. Methuen.
Benedetti, Jean. (1982) Stanislavski - An Introduction. London, Methuen.
Bendetti, Jean. (1988) Stanislavski - His LIfe and Art, London, Methuen.
Bendetti, Jean. (1991) The Moscow Art Theatre Letters. London, Methuen.
Blum, Richard A. (1984) American Film Acting: The Stanislavski Heritage, Ann Arbor, UMI.
Boleslavsky, Richard. (1933) Acting: The First Six Lessons. New York, Theatre Arts Books.
Carnicke, Sharon Marie (2009 ) Stanislavsky in Focus (2nd Edition), London, Routledge.
Cole, Toby. (1947) Acting: A Handbook of the Stanislavski Method. New York, Three Rivers Press.
Edwards, Christine. (1965) The Stanislavsky Heritage. New York, NYU.
Gauss, Rebecca B. (1999) Lear’s Daughters - The Studios of The Moscow Art Theatre 1905-1927. New York, Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Gillett, John. (2007) Acting on Impulse - Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach. London, Methuen.
Gillett, John. (2014) Acting Stanislavski. London, Methuen Bloomsbury.
Gorchakov, Nikolai M. (1954) Stanislavsky Directs. United States of America, Minerva.
Gordon, Mel. (2010) Stanislavsky in America. London, Routledge.
Gordon, Mel. (1987) The Stanislavsky Technique - Russia. New York, Applause.
Haughton, Norris. (1938) Moscow Rehearsals. Woking, Unwin Brothers.
Haughton, Norris. (1968) Return Engagement. New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
Levin, Irina and Igor (2002) The Stanislavsky Secret. Colorado, Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Levin, Irina and Igor. (1992) Working on the Play and the Role. Chicago, Ivan R Dee.
Magarshack, David. (1950) Stanislavsky: A Life. London, Faber and Faber.
Marsh, Florence. (1966) The Case Against the Stanislavski System of Acting. New York, Vantage Press.
Merlin, Bella. (2001) Beyond Stanislavsky. London, Nick Hern Books.
Merlin, Bella. (2007) The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit. London, Nick Hern Books.
Merlin, Bella. (2003) Stanislavsky. London, Routledge.
Moore, Sonia (1965) The Stanislavski system - The Professional Training of an Actor. New York, Penguin.
Moore, Sonia (1968) Stanislavski Revealed. New York, Applause.
Moore, Sonia. (1968) Training an Actor - The Stanislavski System in Class. Middlesex, Penguin.
Munk, Erika (ed) (1967) Stanislavski and America. New York, First Fawcett Printing.
O'Brien, Nick. (2017) Stanislavski in Practice. London, Routledge.
Parke, Lawrence. (1985 ) Since Stanislavski and Vakhtangov - The Method as a System for Today’s Actor. Hollywood, Acting World Books.
Pia, Albert. (2006) Acting the Truth: The Acting Principles of Constantin Stanislavski and Exercises. Author House.
Polyakova, Elena (1982) Stanislavsky. USSR, Progress Publishers.
Senelick, Laurence (ed.) ( 2014) Stanislavsky - A Life in Letters. Oxford, Routledge.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1990) An Actor’s Handbook. London, Methuen.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1937) An Actor Prepares. London, Methuen.
Stanislavski, Constantin (2008) An Actor’s Work. Oxford, Routledge.
Stanislavski, Constantin (2010) An Actor’s Work on the Role. Oxford, Routledge.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1968) Building a Character. London, Methuen.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1983) Creating a Role. London, Methuen.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1924) My Life in Art. London, Methuen.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1958) Stanislavski’s Legacy. London, Methuen.
Stanislavsky, Constantin (1950) Stanislavski on the Art of the Stage, London, Faber & Faber.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1975) Stanislavski on Opera. New York, Routledge.
Stanislavski, Constantin (1948) Stanislavski Produces Othello, New York, Geoffrey Bles.
Tcherkasski, Sergei (2016) Stanislavsky and Yoga. Routledge.
Toporkov, Vasily. Christine Edwards (Trans) (1979) Stanislavski in Rehearsal, New York, Routledge.
Toporkov, Vasili. Jean Benedetti (Trans) (2001) Stanislavski in Rehearsal, London, Methuen.
Tovstonogov, Georgi, (1972) The Profession of the Stage Director. Moscow.Progress Publishers.
White, Andrew R.(ed.) (2014) The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky. London, Routledge.
Whyman, Rose. (2008) The Stanislavsky System of Acting. Cambridge, Cambridge Press.
Whyman, Rose. (2013) Stanislavski - The Basics. London, Routledge.
I hope that helps, get in touch if you can help me find more Stanislavsky books to list or purchase!
Mark Westbrook is the Course Leader of the Full Time Diploma in Acting for Stage and Screen at Acting Coach Scotland.