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Konstantin Sergeyevich Alekseyev pseudonym, Stanislavski was born in Moscow in 1863. He is a leading figure in the world of acting because of his work as actor, stage director and theatre educator, creator of the interpretive method that bears his name. Surrounded by an artistic family environment, Stanislavski is introduced into theatre from an early age, participating in home shows within their family circles. After his involvement in various amateur theatre companies, he founded in 1898, with his partner Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright, the Moscow Art Theatre, in which great plays like Chekhov’s staged. For Stanislavski, serving the art is a way to serve the people, so beyond what theatre of his days wanted, Stanislavski committed to a popular theatre, which not only has artistic goals but also has a social background, understanding the interpretation as an educational tool. Therefore, soon he begins to develop its own system of interpretation, which meant that the characters project their emotional world towards the viewer as realistically as possible, far from artificiality. Looking for that psychological realism, Stanislavski plunges into an investigation about building character, encouraging his students instead of representing the feelings of the characters, the experience as their own, with the intention that arise and affinities between the world inside the character and inner world of the actor. In his method, for achieving these objectives, he proposes exercises that stimulate the imagination, the ability to improvise, muscle relaxation, the immediate response to an unforeseen situation, playing emotions experienced in the past, clarity of verbal emission, etc. Observations and learning about the acting work that are included in a compilation of manuals produced by Stanislavski himself.