Method Designing: The Paradox of Modern Design Education
Over a century ago, Konstantin Stanislavsky revolutionized the modern theatre by introducing a new system of training,
in which the actor would draw on his or her own emotions to achieve a true understanding of a character. "We protested against the old manner of acting and against theatricality, against artificial pathos and declamation," Stanislavksy wrote, and indeed, in an era framed by considerable social and civil unrest, the very notion that characters could be shown to have an interior life was itself remarkably revolutionary. Through the practice of what we have come to know, today, as "method" acting, an actor could explore, identify and ultimately reveal the degree to which a character could be a hugely complex human being with feelings, emotions and often conflicting desires.
To this day, method acting remains a highly regarded pedagogical model for training actors...