Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first century performance. These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books will unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators. This is the first book to combine: *an overview of Stanislavsky's life history *an assessment of his widely read text, An Actor Prepares *detailed commentary of the key 1998 production of The Seagull *an indispensable set of practical exercises for actors, teachers and directors. As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.Merlin, Bella is the author of 'Konstantin Stanislavsky', published 2003 under ISBN 9780415258869 and ISBN 0415258863.