NYC, NY Acting: Given Circumstances

In the NYC Vazquez Acting School you will learn the term Given Circumstances is a principle from Russian theatre practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski’s methodology for actor training, formulated in the first half of the 20th century at the Moscow Art Theatre.
The term given circumstances is applied to the total set of environmental and situational conditions which influence the actions that a character in a drama undertakes. Although a character may make such choices unconsciously, the actor playing the character is aware of such conditions on a conscious level to help him or her deepen his or her understanding of the motivation behind the character’s actions. Given circumstances include conditions of the character’s world (e.g. specifics of time and place: in Hamlet for instance, being in Elsinore at a specific time in history is a given circumstance), elements from the history of the character’s environment (cf Hamlet: the death of the old King Hamlet preceding the play’s plot is a given circumstance), and elements from the character’s personal situation. (

Alberto Vazquez

Alberto Vazquez has acted since 1975. he has worked as a professional actor from NYC to LA. He has been in over 200 TV shows, films, plays, commercial and print commercial in his career. He has been teaching acting since 2004 in NYC and now in easton, PA.