Abstract

In An Actor’s Work, Konstantin Stanislavski examines the concepts of concentration and imagination and how they are essential components of an actor’s ability to effectively pursue an objective. The purpose of having an objective is so that the actor might live in the moment by being fully absorbed in the given circumstances of the play. Objectives must be sufficiently specific to inspire this kind of subconscious absorption and therefore inspired acting that is exactly as in nature. Similarly, in Flow, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi states that focus and concentration in pursuit of a complex goal balanced against an individual’s skill level leads to optimal experience. Optimal experience is a psychological state that allows for goals to be pursued as efficiently as possible. Stanislavski and Csikszentmahalyi’s theories appear to be synonymous. Therefore, we can use Csikszentmihalyi’s psychology of optimal experience to bolster Stanislavski’s contention, in theory and practice, that focus and concentration in the pursuit of an objective or goal help an actor to poke at the subconscious and achieve a state of inspired acting/optimal experience.

Modified Abstract

In An Actor’s Work, Konstantin Stanislavski examines the concepts of concentration and imagination and how they are essential components of an actor’s ability to effectively pursue an objective. Objectives must be sufficiently specific to inspire this kind of subconscious absorption and therefore inspired acting that is exactly as in nature. In Flow, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi states that focus and concentration in pursuit of a complex goal balanced against an individual’s skill level leads to optimal experience. Stanislavski and Csikszentmahalyi’s theories appear to be synonymous. Therefore, we can use Csikszentmihalyi’s psychology of optimal experience to bolster Stanislavski’s contention that focus and concentration in the pursuit of an objective or goal help an actor to poke at the subconscious and achieve a state of inspired acting/optimal experience.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Theatre Studies

Mentor #1 Information

Prof. Fabio Polanco

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

March 2016

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Research Area

Acting | Psychology | Theatre and Performance Studies

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Mar 15th, 1:00 PM

Stanislavski and Csikszentmihalyi on Inspired Acting and How It Is Achieved Through Concentration and Imagination

In An Actor’s Work, Konstantin Stanislavski examines the concepts of concentration and imagination and how they are essential components of an actor’s ability to effectively pursue an objective. The purpose of having an objective is so that the actor might live in the moment by being fully absorbed in the given circumstances of the play. Objectives must be sufficiently specific to inspire this kind of subconscious absorption and therefore inspired acting that is exactly as in nature. Similarly, in Flow, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi states that focus and concentration in pursuit of a complex goal balanced against an individual’s skill level leads to optimal experience. Optimal experience is a psychological state that allows for goals to be pursued as efficiently as possible. Stanislavski and Csikszentmahalyi’s theories appear to be synonymous. Therefore, we can use Csikszentmihalyi’s psychology of optimal experience to bolster Stanislavski’s contention, in theory and practice, that focus and concentration in the pursuit of an objective or goal help an actor to poke at the subconscious and achieve a state of inspired acting/optimal experience.