The Centre, opened in 2007, was originally conceived by Professor Jean Benedetti, former Principal of the College and an internationally renowned Stanislavski expert and translator of the new Routledge versions of Stanislavski’s core writings. It is a unique initiative within the UK to create a home for both academic research and practice/performance events based upon the work of Konstantin Stanislavski and the entire subject of acting. The Centre includes a collection of books and other printed material (mostly in the Russian language), a photographic archive of more than 200 images, and a small collection of audio-visual material.
The Routledge/Theatre Arts archive, core research material for Jean Benedetti’s new edition of Stanislavski’s published works, is also housed in the Centre. Recent research projects include Stanislavski on Stage, accompanied by an exhibition at the Royal National Theatre, Teaching Stanislavski and Chekhov’s Theatres.
In January 2012 the Centre will launch a new peer reviewed eJournal entitled Stanislavski Studies published in partnership with the St Petersburg State Academy of Theatre. The eJournal can be accessed at www.stanislavskistudies.org.
The Centre’s Advisory Board comprises Kathy Dacre, Richard Hornby, Laurence Senelick, Anatoly Smeliansky, Sergei Tcherkasski, and Katie Mitchell, Declan Donnellan and Dr Paul Fryer, Director of the Centre.
For more information, please visit the Theatre Futures website: http://theatrefutures.org.uk/stanislavski-centre/.