Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ensemble Success

Common definition of a bit player is one who plays a role that is not important, but that may not be entirely true these days. Bit parts throughout history have often been pivotal to the plot and can make or break a production. Ensemble groups, where everyone is equal and no one dominates, have laid the foundation of great art.

Constantin Stanislavski (January 1863 – August 1938) famously remarked that "there are no small parts, only small actors."

Stanislavski, a Russian actor and director became known for his 'system' of acting which lead to the founding (years down the line) of a New York City theater collective. It was intended as a base for a new kind of theatre — a forceful, naturalistic and highly disciplined artistry. It was a new approach, where the actors form a pure ensemble; where there are no "stars". Artists like James Dean and Ellen Burstyn were allowed to craft their art in this environment and ultimately allow their brilliance to shine.

This approach also gives business leaders a new way of thinking about teams. From ensemble teams, where all roles are important, spring well-rounded solutions. Everyone rolls up their sleeves and everyone is valued for their contribution.

I'm into it. Hand me that broom.


  1. I've got the dust pan!

    Where's everybody else?

    We need an ensemble!

  2. There you are Lynn Marie! Thanks for the hand!