There are so many acting techniques out there. How do you know which acting technique is right for you? Here are some quick guides that will make sense and help actors choose acting classes based on the type of acting education they want.

1) Stanislavski System

First, notice that all the basic acting techniques currently taught in American drama schools are based on the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, a Russian actor, and director who developed acting methods to help actors become real on stage. You can also find more about adult acting classes via

Here are some of the highlights from the Stanislavski system that you'll want to know as an actor:

To believe the state of the play, the Stanislavsky actors used magic when "What if this really happened to me?" The actors divide the script into goals (what the characters want to achieve) and actions (what the characters can do to achieve their goals).

Every action is an active verb (help, hurt, reassure) that helps the actor focus on not feeling. Actors learn to relax their muscles and focus so they can focus on the state of the game and deal with stage fright.

2) Method And Meisner

The other two main acting techniques taught in drama schools are the method acting (also known as the "method") and the Meisner technique. These two acting techniques were inspired by Stanislavski and helped the actor create real thoughts and emotions in imaginary circumstances, but they do so very differently.

Meisner Acting directed the focus outward. Actors are trained to shift the focus from themselves to their actors so that they can really respond to what is happening.

They rely on their imagination, not their memory, to set the stage. (Stella Adler, another Stanislavsky student, emphasized the importance of imagination in her acting technique.)