Actorium

An Acting School Rooted In The Meisner Technique

Addiction

Sometimes we can get addicted to ‘big moments’ in our acting, and in our training as an actor. Those moments  when we feel our anger or our sadness, full on. It’s important to recognize when you are focused on, and just waiting for those big moments. If your focus is on big moments, you are going to miss out on…

Check-in

‘Acting is standing up naked and turning around slowly’ is Rosalind Russell’s famous expression describing how truthful and open an actor is asked to be. I think, the training in the skill of ‘standing up naked’ starts in the first 10 – 15 minutes of class time. We start every class with a “check in”. Our check-in may differ in…

Individuality and Acting

Acting is HUGELY about individuality. A great actor is always very much an individual. If you don’t train for individuality you could compare that to training to being a backup singer, rather than training to be the lead. The training for individuality is, for me, one of the greatest benefits of Foundations. You are always training in your own self expression.…

Teaching at Actorium

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing in a third teacher at Actorium. And, although we all have our own styles, there are some fundamental understandings that we share. One common understanding is that in order for a person to develop as an actor, they will change as a person. With that in mind, we work with the person,…

Activity

What is Activity all about? Why would Activity be such a big part of our program? The way to explain the importance of Activity is to first understand Foundations. In Foundations we sit face to face with someone. Through this face to face, sometimes intense interaction, we get in touch with our natural spontaneous reactions. We learn to know how…

Foundations broken down

For those that have taken Actorium’s Intro and are entering into Foundations: The first weeks in Foundations are spent working on exercises which invite the actor to express 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 on…

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…