Actorium

Meisner Technique Acting School

Foundations broken down

For people just entering Foundations, this is how we run it, folks. The first weeks in Foundations are spent working on exercises that invite actors to become more comfortable expressing themselves, openly and truthfully. How many of us find it easy to be open and honest in our self expression? It’s … hard to do. We are so good at putting…

Back to training

As classes are about to start back up at Actorium, let’s talk about our favorite subject… taking risks … Often when actors are in Scene Study, and sometimes in Foundations as well, actors will say, “I don’t feel comfortable going in that direction … the other way felt so right, so authentic…” The class, on the other hand, sees the…

Acting – without a net

For any actor committed to their profession the demand becomes great to take risks, leap out of comfort zones and act without a net. Coming to your edge as an actor can feel pretty exciting but it’s also pretty scary. So why leap? I think it’s healthy to ask this question as often as possible so we can continue to…

Clarifying Intro & Foundation at Actorium

When you enter the initial Meisner Intro program, and especially when you move into Meisner Foundations, it’s helpful to have a clear understanding of the goals you are working towards. Intro is where an actor’s goal is to fully “get” the technique. The actor understands the purpose of the technique and how it applies to their work as an actor. By the end…

Meisner Foundation class goals

One of the most important things an actor can learn in Meisner Foundation is the ability to unite body, mind and action. When you successfully perform the foundation exercises, what you feel, think, and say become one thing. If you watch yourself in your daily life, you might sometimes catch yourself feeling one thing, thinking another and saying a third. The result…

Watch a Meisner Activity Exercise

Kyle and Andrea in a Meisner Activity exercise. Their use of technique allows them to lose any debilitating self consciousness, focus on the other person and work freely in the moment. If we were to add a script to this exercise, they may be talking about whose turn it is to make dinner tonight, but the lines would just ride…

Acting Class Danger #3

Danger #3: Judgement. Judgement in terms of placing a label on someone. Judgement in terms of taking some middle class values (or upper or lower, or whatever our story is) and labelling someone depending on how they fit in relation to our personal view of the world. If you label, or “pigeonhole” someone you are no longer working with a human being,…

Acting Class Danger #2

Danger #2: Niceness. In an impromptu discussion last night, we talked about how necessary, and how difficult it is, to break through our “Canadian code of conduct”, our Canadian culture of niceness. How we need to break through this culture of niceness to access some stronger, deeper emotions. Those stronger, deeper emotions that we know exist in all of us, but that we don’t…

Acting Class Danger #1

DANGER #1: Confidence… Don’t be confident. You will gain confidence going through the process of training, but, it will be a truly deeper confidence; who you are, exactly as you are, moment to moment. If you have anxiety, for example, and block it out with a layer of confidence, eventually you are going to have all sorts of neurosis popping…