Sharon is an internationally acclaimed expert and master teacher of Active Analysis—a radical rehearsal technique created by Stanislavsky and named by his protégé, Maria Knebel, whose influence was second only to his. Founder of the Stanislavsky Institute for the 21st Century, Sharon promotes Active Analysis as “a living legacy, because it fosters dynamic acting for today’s evolving forms of dramatic storytelling as surely as for the classics.”
“Enthusiastic”, “generous”, “inspiring”, “deeply knowledgeable” and above all, “transformative” are words that Sharon’s students use to describe her teaching.
“Groundbreaking” and “accessible” as an author, Sharon combines experience in acting with “forensic skill” in research to speak to actors and scholars with equal authority.
Active Analysis turns the usual way that actors rehearse inside out. Instead of first memorizing lines, actors explore the interactive dynamics of a story by means of improvisations, called etudes. As actors test the actions and counteractions that tell the story, they come to need their lines. In short, Active Analysis paradoxically steps away from a text in order to learn it. It is analysis because actors analyze the play by exploring its interactive options through their etudes. It is active because, from the first rehearsal to the last performance, actors are on their feet, actively engaging with each other and with the text. Active Analysis is also holistic because the etudes help actors activate all aspects of themselves simultaneously—mind, body, and spirit. Thus, Active Analysis produces dynamic performances and actors who are flexible, spontaneous, and imaginative.
Deeply inspirational and profoundly scholarly, Carnicke created the paradigmatic shift in the way that we understand Stanislavsky today. She explores previously unknown territories of the System and reimagines Stanislavsky for the wider contexts of the 21st century.
The importance of Carnicke's work is incommensurable. Her research extends beyond Stanislavsky, through the work of his students, notably Maria Knebel and the development of Active Analysis.
Sharon is everything one would need in an acting teacher. Smart, concise, and caring, but most of all she is clear.
Her class TRANSFORMED my understanding of acting and how I approach it. My brain got a 2.0 upgrade just by taking her class. EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE CARNICKE.
Carnicke probably knows more about Stanislavsky, his development as a teacher, and the evolution of his theories than any other theatre professional living today.
Sharon Carnicke has single-handedly begun to de-mystify Stanislavsky's influence for theater practitioners everywhere. I cannot recommend any other book on the subject more than Stanislavsky in Focus. The clarity and conciseness of the writing makes it appropriate for readers of all ages and levels of experience.
Sharon Carnicke has the kind of clarity that actors dream about. In an overcrowded field, she stands far above the rest.
Carnicke is right up there with Stanislavsky. She is the smartest, most compassionate and wisest teacher of theatre disciplines I have ever met or studied with, and I know a few. She pulls from each student, no matter the level of preparation, more than anyone might expect. Her unspoken motto is ‘Think! Prepare! Act!.... Again!...’
Carnicke takes us beyond the myths that have distorted Stanislavsky’s image over the last century. A theatre artist and fluent in Russian, she digs into his writings as they appear in his native tongue and uncovers a clear and accurate portrait of Stanislavsky the man and reveals the true nature of his work
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