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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
Polish actor and director
Member of the Moscow Art

Theatre and director of its first


studio
Moved to NY 1920s- first
teacher of the Stanislavski
system
Later directed Broadway plays
& Hollywood films in the 193040s

Megan

The First Lesson: Concentration


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

Ana

Exercise #1

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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

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

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

Leaves:
Presentation of
idea

Branches: Elements
of the idea (coming
from actor)

Trunk: Idea, Reason


(coming from
director)

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, youve finally made it to the fishbowl?
B: The what?
A: Thats 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, youre trained.
B: Now what?
A: Now sit down and wait. No ones coming tonight. Its Christmas Eve and all our movies suck.

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
Authors mind process
Romeo & Juliet example

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

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

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.
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The Sixth Lesson:


Rhythm
Mimi

Levels of Rhythm:
Consciousness
Emotions result of others feelings
Create your own rhythm (take into account others rhythm)
Building Rhythm
Absorb sounds of nature
Listen to music with entirety

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
C: concentration
E: emotions
A: action
C: characterization
O: observation
R: rhythm