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I did a full two year Meisner training course with a professional theater and theater professor, have done continuing workshops in Meisner and other method acting, and have training and experience in the teaching of method acting. Meisner can be helpful for anyone working with others and presenting but is especially helpful for actors, specifically film actors.
I graduated from the Meisner technique in October after studying for 2 years with Kevin Phipps from the Artist Box. Students will start off with basic repetitions and emotion/action identification. This helps the actor to get over their many instinctual walls and filters they have digested over the years and be affected by/affect others. They will then progress to activities and prepping seeds of truth as well as imaginary circumstances. The goal is to find out what helps them prepare emotionally for a role while simultaneously being able to be in the moment and authentically respond to others in the scene.
There are many misconceptions on Meisner's technique. I teach directly from source materials to avoid confusion. There are many different exercises that have been misinterpreted, thus the reasoning for always returning to the source. I'm not interested in the arguments, I'm interested in the finely honed differences between Stanislavsky's Method and the work Meisner did with it. We could argue all day how there is a world of difference, or very little separation between the two approaches. You decide because in the end it doesn't really matter. Do you want to become a better actor via a different route, or with simple addition of knowledge of the craft? Either way, that is the question you need to answer as to whether or not to take this class. Honestly, whatever class you sign up for with me; we will tailor it to what you want to get out of it. What you initially read would be teaching Meisner as a jumping off point, but I don't know your experience, level of knowledge, education or what exactly it is you seek. I am confident I can help regardless of the various combinations of experience, knowledge et.al.
Heather M. L.
Studying Meisner technique, improvisation and acting at East Carolina University has prepared me to teach any beginning students wishing to study Meisner technique. They can expect positive, yet intensive coaching using movement and speech games, along with monologue coaching.