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The S Word: Stanislavski and Contemporary Theatre is a unique international research project, convened by Professor Paul Fryer (Rose Bruford College) and Professor Bella Merlin (University of California Riverside), which explores the legacy of Konstantin Stanislavski in a contemporary context.

The project was launched in March 2016 with an international symposium,The S Word: Stanislavski and the Future of Acting, hosted by Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Sidcup, U.K., the home of The Stanislavski Centre. The event attracted more than 100 delegates from all over the world, and 46 presenters gave papers and practical workshops. Papers from that event have now been published in the May 2017 edition of Stanislavski Studies. (

The opening night of the 2016 symposium included a main keynote address (given by Professor Jonathan Pitches – University of Leeds, and Dr. Stefan Aquilina – University of Malta), and the annual Stanislavski Centre/Routledge lecture, delivered by Professor Sharon Carnicke – University of Southern California.

A one-day follow up event, The S Word: Translating the Art/The Art of Translation, presented in collaboration with The University of Westminster, was hosted by Pushkin House in Central London in July 2016.

The second symposium, The S Word: Merging Methodologies, was presented in partnership with DAMU Theatre Academy in Prague in March 2017. The event featured keynote addresses by the Stanislavski Centre’s Hon. Patron, Professor Anatoly Smeliansky (Moscow Art Theatre School/Harvard University) and Professor Jan Burian (General Director of the Czech National Theatre), and a wide variety of presentations and workshops from scholars and practitioners from the UK, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Poland, Australia and Brazil.

A third event, The S Word: A Practical Acting Laboratory, will follow at the University of California Riverside in April 2018. Featuring the work of master-teachers Sharon Carnicke and Tina Packer, participants will take part in extensive workshop sessions supported by debate and critical enquiry.  Booking will open on 1st August 2017.

One of the principal objectives of The S Word is to make available the best of contemporary scholarship around Stanislavski’s work and legacy, both in the form of academic papers and practical workshops/master-classes, via our website.

You can find films of workshops, papers and plenaries on the Symposia pages. This material will be developed to comprise a major open access resource in the future; an online reference for all scholars and theatre-enthusiasts who wish to extend their knowledge of Stanislavski and those who followed him.

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