NYC, NY Acting: Stanislavski’s system.

In the NYC Vazquez Acting School you will learn the “The Method” traces its origins to the “system”, as formulated by Constantin Stanislavski. Stanislavski’s philosophy was a part of the theatrical realist movement and based on the idea that great acting is a reflection of “truth” conveyed both internally and externally through the actor. Stanislavski set out to convey “truth” through a more human system of acting, which would encourage an actor to build a… Continue Reading

Actor’s Motivation Technique

In the NYC Vazquez Acting School you will learn about Motivation which is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.[1] A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior.[2] According to Maehr and Meyer,… Continue Reading


In the NYC Vazquez Acting School you will learn about substitution which refers to the method of understanding elements in the life of one’s character by comparing them to elements in one’s own life. For example, if an actor is portraying a character who is being blackmailed, he or she could think back to some embarrassing or private fact about his or her own life, and mentally superimpose that onto the character’s secret. This is associated with… Continue Reading


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… Continue Reading

The Meisner Technique

In the NYC Vazquez Acting School you will study Meisner technique. Many American acting teachers inspired by Stanislavski broke off with Strasberg, believing his method was not an authentic adaptation of Stanislavski’s system. Sanford Meisner, another Group Theatre pioneer, believed the method was far too focused on the internal workings of the actor, and that acting should be “outside in” rather than “inside out”. His ideas came to be called the Meisner technique, and he advocated… Continue Reading

The Stella Adler Technique

We study the Stanislavski approach at the NYC Vazquez Acting School. Stanislavski found faults with an experienced-based approach early on, noticing that users and abusers of techniques such as effective memory were prone to hysterics. For this and other reasons he shifted the focus of his system to rely upon imagination, which the actor can use to portray things they haven’t even experienced. This remains a fundamental distinction between the System and Strasberg’s method, and… Continue Reading