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When I came off of the stage that first night I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life I was ecstatic on a natural high Suddenly I had found my place in the world As I have gotten older and more experienced I have learned that acting is not just reciting lines in front of an audience There is a technique to acting It is known as the method method acting or the Stanislavsky method The method was created by Konstantin Stanislavsky a Russian actor directorproducer and founder of the Moscow Art Theatre which opened in 1898 Stanislavsky had many shortcomings as an actor and worked obsessively to improve his voice diction and body movement As a director and producer Stanislavsky believed that the mere external behavior of an actor was not sufficient to portray the unique inner world of a character He felt that once an actor felt what the character was feeling the emotion would then manifest itself physically making the performance believable This idea was the basis for the method that Stanislavsky created now the most common acting style in Western theatre Stanislavskys method begins with relaxation He called in an occupational disease One of Stanislavskys most famous students Lee Strasberg believed it to be the actors worst enemy The exercise Stanislavsky developed for relaxation is meant to help the actor find hidden tension in all muscles of the body most importantly the face where most mental tension manifests itself The exercise begins with the actor sitting in a straight backed armless chair First the actor must find the position that he or she would be most likely to sleep in if absolutely necessary Then starting with the fingers and working all the muscles in sequence finding the tension hiding in each muscle and will the muscle to relax The first time I performed this exercise was in Beginning Drama my freshman year My instructor Mrs Daniels
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