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.”
“Sharon Carnicke has the rare gift of a deep scholar uncovering hidden truths and an insightful practical educator, who can lead actors to ways of incorporating those truths in their work. Her teachings have transformed my process as an educator, scholar, and practitioner. “
Joelle Ré Arp-Dunham, actor, Kansas State University
“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.
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 is everything one would need in an acting teacher. Smart, concise, and caring, but most of all she is clear.
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.
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.