Core Class | Acting Classes in Boston, MA | Igor Golyak Acting Studio
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Core Class

Unlocking true depth and connection onstage is a matter of marrying the physical actions the psychological reality of a part into one, fluid performance. This union, described by Stanislavsky practitioners as “psycho-physical union”, allows the actor to fully portray a human being onstage in a deep emotional moment. “The Method” is a more modern American interpretation of these early Russian practices. When Constantin Stanislavki’s disciples began to use his teachings to develop their own acting methodologies (which they, in turn taught to their own students), “The Method” was born. Such artists as Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Robert Lewis, and Sanford Meisner developed offshoots of the Stanislavski system and have greatly influenced American acting today. In Russia, the original practices which inspired these systems and methods have been carefully passed down from one generation of actor to another.


In Igor Golyak’s course, you will learn and experience the basics of these techniques so that you may apply them to your own performance. You will study such pieces of the Chekhov, Vakhtangov, and Stanislavsky techniques as:


    • Creative Attention
    • Psychological and physical freedom
    • Imagination and fantasy
    • “The given circumstances”
    • Changing the attitude to (object, place of action, partner)
    • Evaluation of an event
    • Action and interaction
    • Exercises on interaction under the conditions of “justified” silence
    • “Etudes” with improvised text (me in the given Circumstance)
    • “Observations”
    • “Etudes” with a partner with a given character


This is a nine month class that meets on Tuesdays from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Beginning October 18th and ending June 27th, the class will take both a winter break and a spring break. There will be two showcases during this class so that the students may display their work: one in the winter, and one in the summer. This course is an intense, college-level acting class designed to truly push an actor’s limits and hone an actor’s skill.


Igor Golyak’s Teaching Philosophy


“As a master teacher, I take my students’ success as my own success and am dedicated to their advancement. I take great pride in their work. Many start out as beginners but quickly grow to become professional level actors. I inspire creativity, depth and identity in their work. With my direction, students learn to utilize their uniqueness to the fullest, while creating true to life characters. I learned the teachings of Stanislavsky, Vakhtangov and Michael Chekhov through their direct disciples. This has given me an understanding of the true intentions of the techniques rather than interpretations. Through these powerful techniques, my students are able to gain a better understanding of themselves. My courses are not only designed for actors, but also for various professionals seeking help in public speaking.


It is my teaching philosophy to treat introduction to acting as a laboratory for self-exploration, discovery and analysis. Only after understanding one’s own psychophysics, can students start to explore others, and create characters. I believe ensemble exercises are invaluable for students to open up and embrace the unfamiliar. I lead students in ensemble and atmosphere exercises to create mutual admiration and interest. In this state of mind students’ achievements grows exponentially, and inspires them to be artists. These are proven Stanislavsky exercises that have not been published, but rather are passed down from generation to generation, which I learned in my training in Russia. I have had great success achieving the above-mentioned goals with them here in the U.S.” -Igor Golyak, Master Teacher