An Acting School Rooted In The Meisner Technique
Foundations training is all about getting out of our thinking, self-judging, self-editing minds so that our natural instincts can flow. We don’t introduce objectives at this point because the last thing we want to do at the outset is to introduce an intellectual idea.
But objectives are necessary in acting and need to be understood. So, how can we train in them?
Once a student has completed Foundations, the structure and the feel of the class changes going into Scene Elements I (Activity). The focus is no longer on your openness, your vulnerability, your truthfulness. Of course, we always work with that but the training changes.
In Activity, we focus on taking out the day dream element that can hound many actors.
At the start of our On Film Lab, we talked about the battle of ‘results’ vs ‘process’. That’s the natural battle you are set up for as an actor. And, you are especially set up for it in film. I think that the sooner an actor identifies the nature of the battle and their personal weaknesses and strengths, the better off they are.read more
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.read more
‘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”.read more