Stanislavsky and Female Actors Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art by Maria Ignatieva


Stanislavsky and Female Actors Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art by Maria Ignatieva

Stanislavsky and Female Actors is the exploration of Stanislavsky's artistic and personal relationship with the leading actresses of the Moscow Art Theatre. It seeks to portray their life-long artistic dialogue and offers a new biographical study of the previously unknown spheres of Stanislavsky's life, as well as the lives of the Moscow Art Theatre's principal actresses.


Ignatieva's research has been published in leading journals and shared through international conferences. It is scrupulously documented, informed through her network of contacts among leading Russian theatre artists, and of great import to theatre history. Her book, Stanislavsky and Female Actors, contains a wealth of information on Stanislavsky's working relationships with both seasoned performers and students. It will open up new avenues for understanding his foundational approach to acting by looking at its application by women. -- Sharon M. Carnicke, Professor of Theatre and Slavic Studies, Associate Dean, Theatre Ignatieva dedicates her book to the analysis of Stanislavsky's collaborations with female actors and their Life in Art. There are fewer and fewer studies being published in Russia and worldwide about acting, as if the world forgets that theatre can exist without all other theatre practitioners, but not without actors. Stanislavsky remembered it, and Ignatieva's book reminds us about it once again. Like My Life in Art, Ignatieva's book is published in the United States; as an editor-in-chief of the journal Stanislavsky, I hope that, in the future, the Russian public can also benefit from reading Ignatieva's unique study. -- Dr. Olga Galakhova, Editor-in-Chief, Journal Stanislavsky, Moscow, Russia, Professor of the Maly Theatre Schepkin School, Moscow, Russia She deftly arranges her selected material into a coherent and cohesive narrative, resulting in a work that is informative, engaging, and delightful to read. The book functions both as a valuable resource for the scholar of Russian theater and as a cogent and thoroughly accessible introduction to the life of Stanislavsky, his female actresses, and the formation of the Moscow Art Theatre. Slavif and East European Journal, Winter 2009 The portrait that Maria Ignatieva gives us of Stanislavsky is perhaps no less autocratic and patriarchal than the traditional one, but he emerges as needier, more vulnerable and more humanly dependent... We come away from a reading of Maria Ignatieva's book with a renewed interest in Stanislavsky as a creator motivated by a passionate love for his art and for those who practiced it by his side and with an awakened curiosity about the women without whom he could not have developed his theories or exercised his craft. -- Professor Daniel Gerould, Editor, Slavic and East European Performance

About the Author

Maria Ignatieva, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University, Lima campus. As a specialist in Stanislavsky and Russian theatre, Ignatieva has over 70 publications to her name in English and Russian. She has taught at the Moscow Art Theatre School Studio, Moscow State Institute for Theatrical Arts, and at the University of Helsinki.

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140 pages


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Publication date

7th October 2008



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