An introduction to the Sanford Meisner approach to acting technique. Sixteen acting classes are conducted in an eight-week session. In this class the actor works to learn and apply advanced acting principles through a step-by-step progression of exercises that develop his/her ability to work organically, and to create truthful and expressive behavior in acting.
This class is for actors of all experience levels ages 18 and over. Sanford Meisner defined acting as “Living Truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” Meisner Technique instills in actors the basic, essential skills of: listening, responding truthfully and spontaneously, committing to actions, using imagination to fully create and personalize a set of given circumstances, and identifying each individual’s personal emotional groundings.
Attendance to all class meetings in addition to rehearsals outside of class is expected. The class is open to anyone with an interest and willingness to commit to the intensive demands of actor training, however a face-to-face or phone interview is necessary before acceptance into the workshop.
The Meisner Technique Level 2 class is a continuation of the intro class and provides extensive exploration in emotional preparation, doings, and breakdown down a scene into beats.
Admittance into the class is by invitation only and completion of the Intro to Meisner Technique (Level 1) class is a prerequisite.
The Meisner Technique Level 3 class builds on what was covered in Levels 1 and 2 with a focus on characterization, impediments, particularizations and scene study.
Admittance into the class is by invitation only and completion of Levels 1 and 2 is a prerequisite.
This class will help students learn to decipher the clues Shakespeare gives us in the text that help with character and circumstance as well as meaning. We will explore his use of meter, alliteration, repetition, you/thou, verse logic, etc as well as examining the different uses of verse and prose. We will spend the 4 weeks exploring one play and the roles in it. Students will learn how to examine the text for Shakespeare’s ”givens” and move on to working on text.
The class is open to anyone age 18 and over with an interest and willingness to commit to the intensive demands of the class and the preparation necessary between classes. A face-to-face or phone interview is necessary before acceptance into the workshop.
What does it take to be prepared for a general audition?
Whether you are preparing for TCUTAs, Park Square General Auditions, SETCs, URT/As or graduate school auditions, this workshop will help you prepare 2 contrasting monologues you can perform in 2 minutes.
This workshop will focus on preparing students for the logistics of the general audition, as well as help them work on the material they are excited to present in an audition setting.
Michael Chekhov Technique
Michael Chekhov developed an acting technique, a ‘psycho-physical approach’, in which transformation, working with impulse, imagination and inner and outer gesture are central. It offers clear and practical tools in working with imagination, feelings and atmosphere.
Chekhov's technique is a completely imaginative approach to experiencing the truth of the moment. According to Chekhov, the work of the actor is to create an inner event which is an actual experience occurring in real time within the actor. This inner event as it is being experienced by the actor is witnessed by the audience as an outward expression related to the contextual moment of the play. This event and the ability to create it belong to what Michael Chekhov calls the Creative Individuality of the actor, and is not directly tied to his personality. This Creative Individuality allows the artist actor to use parts of himself that are not just the smaller meaner more banal elements that make up his daily life, but rather parts of his unconscious, where dwell more universal and archetypal images.
Currently, this class is by invitation only.
The Alexander Technique is a psychophysical tool for body, breath, and imagination. It teaches performers how to release habitual tension for an experience of more freedom, poise, and presence. The focus of the class will be on the principles of the technique and learning the art of self-direction. We will work with an intentional warm-up, partner exercises, and experiential anatomy to discover how your body is designed to move, breathe, sound, and emote. You will have a chance to apply these skills to a monologue or song of your choosing. This class is experiential, designed to teach actors how to be comfortable in their own skin and create onstage intensity without the tension.
Private coaching for monologue and/or audition preparation is available at a rate of $50/hr. Contact me to schedule a time.
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