Introduction Declan Donnelan Translator's Foreword Jean Benedetti Preface Konstantin Stanislavski Year One 1. Amateurism 2. The stage as art and stock-in-trade 3. Action 4. Imagination 5. Concentration 6. Muscular release 7. Bits and tasks 8. Belief and the sense of truth 9. Emotion memory 10. Contact and communication 11. Adaptation 12. Psychological drives 13. Psychological drives in action 14. The Actor's creative state 15. The Supertask, through-action 16. The subconscious and the Actor Year Two 17. Transition to physical embodiment 18. Physical education 19. Voice and speech 20. Perspective 21. Tempo-rhyth 22. Logic 23. Physical characteristics 24. Finishing touches 25. Charisma 26. Ethics and discipline 27. External creative state 28. General creative state 29. The system Appendices Glossary of Key Terms Afterword Anatolij Smelianski
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