ACTING TECHNIQUES : STELLA ADLER TECHNIQUE
Stella Adler technique is one of the most important acting techniques to study for an actor. Stella Adler believed that an actor’s talent lies with his imagination. She trained with Stanislavsky and studied the method, but didn’t believe that an actor needs to relive past experiences to connect with the character.
Here are the main points of this approach to acting:
ACTING IS DOING
The actor must always do something on stage. He looks for actions in the script (for example, “to teach, to confess, to beg”, etc.) and finds the human conflict in them. He must have a justification for each action (know exactly why he is performing each action).
DEVELOPING THE IMAGINATION
An actor develops his imagination by first observing the world around him in very specific details. He can then create specific images in his mind in order to surround himself with things that are true to him on stage. If he succeeds, the audience will see through his eyes.
TRAINING THE MIND
Actors must have a real understanding of the play in order to reveal its secrets to the audience. They must study the text and its ideas but also research the social situations of the play.
Actors need strong bodies and voices for the stage so they can bring size to their actions. Adler encouraged actors never to be small. Her students learned to always bring a bigger meaning to the text. Below is a short video where she discusses this “sense of epic” the actor must have.
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