Sharon's process has given me a sustainable structure that balances unfettered imagination and exploration with focus and specificity. I now have freedom to be confident and authentic as actor, storyteller, and human.
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 opened my eyes as an actor. She guides actors out of their comfort zones, allowing them to open up and listen. Dr. Carnicke is a breath of fresh air in a world of method madness, and she is paving the way to a powerful future of acting.
Carnicke’s Studio has given my acting and choreographic work a 180 degree turn around. It has both deepened and simplified my teaching approach to both these art forms.
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.
Sharon is a beautiful human being with an immense understanding of why acting’s history is so important to our moving forward as actors.
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!...’