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A Comparative Study Of Robert Lewis, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler And Sanford Meisner In The Context Of Current Research About The Stanislavsky System
                        
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Wayne State University Dissertations

1-1-2010

A Comparative Study Of Robert Lewis, Lee
Strasberg, Stella Adler And Sanford Meisner In The
Context Of Current Research About The
Stanislavsky System
Ruthel Honey-Ellen Darvas
Wayne State University,

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Of Current Research About The Stanislavsky System" (2010). Wayne State University Dissertations. Paper 9.

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ABSTRACT

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ROBERT LEWIS, LESS STRASBERG, STELLA
ADLER AND SANFORD MEISNER IN THE CONTEXT OF CURRENT RESEARCH

ABOUT THE STANISLAVSKY SYSTEM

by

RUTHEL HONEY DARVAS

August 2010

Advisor: Dr. James Thomas

Major: Theatre (Directing)

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Decades of interpretation based on incorrect and incomplete information regarding

Stanislavsky and his System have erroneously guided the advent of modern acting theory in the

United States. This study, using current research about the Stanislavsky System, examines four

notable acting teachers—Robert Lewis, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner—to

determine whose philosophy most accurately reflects the Stanislavsky System as it is now

understood. The concepts of action, imagination, bits, tasks, emotion memory and active analysis

are each explored independently. Each concept is examined as it relates to the System and then

compared to the concepts as interpreted and put into practice by Lewis, Strasberg, Adler and

Meisner. This study suggests that it is Lewis who had the most comprehensive understanding of

the System and was closest in practice to Stanislavsky.

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AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT

Ruthel Honey Ellen Darvas earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts with

an emphasis in Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995. After this, she

attended Texas Woman’s University where she earned her Master of Arts in Drama with an

emphasis in Performance in 1999. In the summer of 1999, she participated in the Globe Summer

School Program through Washington University in Saint Louis where she received acting and

directing training at the Globe Theatre in London, England.

She entered Wayne State’s Doctoral Program in 2005 and achieved candidacy in 2007.

Through Wayne State, she participated in the summer program, “A Month in Moscow,” which

included acting, directing, movement and design training at the Moscow Art Theatre in the

Summer of 2007. She is currently an instructor in the Theatre Program at the University of West

Georgia and lives in Carrollton, Georgia with her beloved husband, Brad Darvas, and much-

loved pets, Hamlet, Lestat and Soprano Darvas.

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