More 'Outside-In'

More "Outside-In"

More 'Outside-In'

By Peter Frisch on Aug 22, 2018 at 10:43 PM in Acting Tidbits

We mostly associate Stanislavsky with internal life and emotional training, but this wise and disciplined master also understood the value of an Outside–In approach. In fact, one of the very first examples of an actor’s success in Stanislavsky’s An Actor Prepares is Kostya’s journey to the costume shop to get fitted for the old man’s overcoat. Until then, Kostya rehearsed and rehearsed but got nowhere with his aged character’s needs or emotional life. But once the old, heavy, smelly, patched and threadbare coat was on his shoulders, the character suddenly came alive inside of him. An outside stimulus caused a powerful internal response.

And if you needed more of an incentive to employ “outside-in” approaches, it’s also the fastest way to work!


“The experience that Peter facilitated for all of us became a foundation for my acting and personal growth in a very profound way. It was magical and quite revolutionary, and having worked with Peter in many other classes since then, I am not surprised any more. Everything that Peter does has a touch of magic and I am profoundly grateful for having the privilege to experience it."
Olga Yahontova, Actress