Stanislavsky: A Practical Introduction

participant holding a text on acting course

Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 27 September–01 November 2022
Course times:
Art form:
9am, Sunday 18 September 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Evening | In-person
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Autumn | Evening

Course info

This course is now full, please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.  

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 27 September, 04, 11, 18, 25 October and 01 November 2022
7pm-9pm, weekly

About Stanislavsky: A Practical Introduction 

This new six-week in-person evening course will equip you with acting techniques set out by Konstantin Stanislavsky, considered the father of modern acting. The course, which will encourage you to build and develop character through exercises created by Stanislavsky, is designed to take the fear out of what can sometimes come across as a daunting system.

You will be encouraged to have fun through play and imagination, and will leave at the end of the six-weeks with a new-found confidence for how to approach a character from scratch.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who wants to learn about Stanislavsky’s acting techniques and how to put them into practice.

Professional actors and passionate amateurs are equally welcome. Your level of acting is not as important as a willingness to participate and try out the exercises.

What can I expect?

This will be a very practical class and acting will be required in the room, whilst discussions will be strongly encouraged. Scenes will be set in advance.

You can expect to:

  • Apply Stanislavsky exercises to selected scenes
  • Learn about the different aspect of Stanislavsky’s approach to acting
  • Learn about the historical context of Stanislavsky and his theatre
  • Learn to analyse and break down a scene using actions and events
  • Understand the connection between inner experience and external physical expression. This will be explored through practical exercises
  • Gain additional tools to help you build a character from the ground up
  • Deepen your textual analyses of plays
  • Exercise your imagination and your ability to play when it comes to creating a role
  • Build confidence in using Stanislavsky’s techniques and create exercises that work for you

Do I need anything for the course?

We will be using The Seagull by Anya Reiss as a set text. You will need to source your own physical copy or an electronic format of the play to participate in the course.

Course Fee


This course is now full, please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes available.  


About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Polina Kalinina

Polina is an English/Russian freelance theatre director. She trained at LAMDA and made her professional debut at the Orange Tree Theatre with Dutchman starring Paapa Essiedu and Sally Oliver. 

She has directed and taught at East 15, Guildhall, Central, Mountview, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Ekaterinburg State Theatre Institute. New plays, operatic visuals, precise anarchy and large-scale ensembles are at the core of her practice.

Directing projects include: The Cherry Orchard (Guildhall School), Shakespeare in Love (Clifftown Theatre), Julius Caesar (Globe Neuss, Germany), Anna Karenina (Clifftown Theatre), Islanders (Soho Theatre), Playboy of the Western World (Southwark Playhouse), Flashes (Soho Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory & tour), Dutchman (Orange Tree Theatre).

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