A practical, hands-on guide to Stanislavsky’s famous ‘system’ and to his later rehearsal processes – for actors, directors, teachers and students. The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit collects together for the first time the terms and ideas developed by Stanislavsky throughout his career. It is organized into three sections: Actor-Training, Rehearsal Processes and Performance Practices. Key terms are explained and defined as they naturally occur in this process. They are illustrated with examples from both his own work and that of other practitioners. Each stage of the process is then explored with sequences of practical exercises designed to help today’s actors and students become thoroughly familiar with the tools in Stanislavsky’s toolkit.

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Bella Merlin trained as an actor at the University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts, with a Distinction in Acting, First Class), with postgraduate diplomas in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting (UK) and the State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. She has been acting in theatre, television, radio, and film for 20 years. In addition to the critically acclaimed, The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit, Merlin is also the author of Beyond Stanislavsky. She also co-edited with Russian scholar, Andrei Kirillov, the autobiography of Michael Chekhov, The Path of the Actor.

“The ultimate ‘all in one’ panacea for drama teachers struggling to make Stanislavsky’s teachings understandable for students.”
Teaching Drama

“Erudite but very accessible… a brilliantly researched study”
–Amateur Stage

“A great achievement… a serious, no-nonsense interpretation of Stanislavsky’s thinking written by an actor-teacher with considerable experience… I shall be going back to this Toolkit again and again.”

“Informative, useful and accessible.  Easily one of the best books on breaking down Stanislavsky’s system.”
—5 Stars Amazon.com

The ultimate ‘all in one’.

Brilliantly researched.

Informative, useful, and accessible.