Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016 Jhanneu Roberts
This goal of this thesis is to examine the physical and emotional cost associated with modern and personal interpretations of Strasberg-based method acting. Although many method actors have created excellent award-winning performances, many were left with emotional and physical harm to their body. In this thesis I will argue that there are actors that can deal with the after effects however, the risks associated with Strasberg-based method often pose both mental and physical health risks to the actor that outweigh the benefit they contribute to the production. To understand what Strasberg-based method acting is I will examine the practices of Stanislavski, the founder of the original “method,” and teacher and actors Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner, and their methods to creating a character. Strasberg, Adler, and Meisner, who are believed to have created their methods based off the Stanislavski Acting System, had many disagreements about Stanislavski’s method. What many now call method acting, incorporates certain techniques created by Stanislavski that actors then use to create their own method.
Roberts, Jhanneu, "The True Cost of Our Entertainment: An Inside Look to Modern Method Acting and its Consequences" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1322.
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