2013 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. This is a book for actors by an actor, giving vivid instruction in the technique of the art. Boleslavsky's knowledge of the theatre is based on a wide experience. In the 1920s, he made his way to New York City, where, now known as «Richard Boleslavsky» (the English spelling of his name), he began to teach Stanislavski's 'system' (which, in the US, developed into «Method Acting») with fellow émigré Maria Ouspenskaya. In 1923, he founded the American Laboratory Theatre in New York. Among his students were Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman, who were all founding members of the Group Theatre (1931-1940), the first American acting ensemble to utilize Stanislavski's techniques.
First published in 1933, “Acting: The First Six Lessons” is the classic work on what would later become known as Method acting by Richard Boleslavsky. Born in Russia in 1889, Boleslavsky began his acting career by studying under Konstantin Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theatre where he learned about the “system”. After World War I, Boleslavsky both directed and acted in films in Poland and Germany before settling in New York, where he founded the American Laboratory Theatre in 1923. There he taught Stanislavski’s “system” to such students as Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. Boleslavsky went on to direct many prominent films in Hollywood and wrote “Acting: The First Six Lessons”, which introduced a wider audience to the “system”. Now known as Method acting, Boleslavsky’s approach was based on his years of experience and guides actors in perfecting and understanding their craft. It has become widely practiced the world over and Boleslavsky’s work is considered an essential guide for both new and seasoned actors. “Acting: The First Six Lessons” is an engaging and accessible series of lessons and techniques to help all actors excel and grow in their craft.