On Monday of next week (October 21) I’ll deliver a presentation on “Stanislavski and the Singing Actor” sponsored by the Stanislavski Centre, in association with The American Theatre Arts program at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. The talk will be held on Monday 21st October at 18.30 on the Lamorbey Park Campus of Rose Bruford College, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent.
Here’s a brief precis of what I plan to discuss:
The contemporary singing actor faces a paradoxical challenge: truthful expression within the artificial strictures of song. Charles Gilbert, who has been training singing actors at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for more than twenty years, examines the ways in which the Stanislavski system remains useful on the musical stage, including some consideration of Stanislavski’s own work with singing actors. He acknowledges the influence of Stanislavski in the development of the “SAVI System,” a pedagogical approach Gilbert has devised to provide his students with a fundamental “grammar” of musical theatre performance technique.
The Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is a unique initiative within the UK to create a home for both academic research and practice/performance events based upon the work of Konstantin Stanislavski. Originally conceived by the late Professor Jean Benedetti (former principal of the College, an internationally renowned expert and author of several major books on Stanislavski’s work), the Centre hosts a series of important lectures, workshops, study days and other events throughout the year.
The talk is just one of the events that are planned for my week-long residency at Rose Bruford College. I’ll also be teaching an intensive master-class called “Three Places in America,” using three iconic works from the American musical theater repertoire, Show Boat, Carousel and Guys and Dolls, as the focus for an integrated curriculum of musical theater history, cultural history and performance practice.