Meisner
Technique

An acting approach developed by American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner

The Meisner approach focuses on external sources for inspiration. It is for actors to not focus on themselves but to concentrate on their fellow actors around them and react to their behaviour. 

 

What We Do:

We teach Meisner in a progression-based system from Level 1 to Level 5. To ensure that the technique is learned, retained, and applied correctly, participants must complete the earlier levels before continuing to the more advanced sessions

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How does the Meisner Technique help me improve my acting?

  • No more stage fright! We get nervous or stage fright before performing because we suddenly get super self-conscious about what we’re doing and how we look doing it. The Meisner Technique trains you to focus on your partner and the scene so that you can be free from your inner critic that stops you from acting organically.
     

  • The reality of doing. A common misconception about acting is that it is ‘to pretend’ or ‘to lie professionally’, but actually, the actors who draw us in are those who can expose profound truth in their performance, immersing us in their world. By “living truthfully under imaginary circumstances”, you will learn how to utilize your instruments to their fullest capacity.
     

  • You can always use it! Even when you are working on a monologue, audition sides, or with a scene partner who hasn’t trained in Meisner, the Technique can be applied in any situation whether you are rehearsing or performing as an actor. It results in authentic performances that blend so well with any style of acting that you can apply it quickly and effectively every time you act!

Overview of Progression Structure:

  • Level 1 - Foundation of Meisner & Basic Repetition

  • Level 2 - Physical Action Repetition

  • Level 3 - Psychological Repetition

  • Level 4 - Meisner Technique Improvisations

  • Level 5 - Applying Meisner Technique with Text

Disclaimer:

The leap in difficulty from Level 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and 4 to 5 is high. It is highly recommended to attend at least 2 Level 2 classes before attending Level 3 (and so on). We will feedback at the end of sessions if you are ready to undertake more advanced sessions.

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