An Acting School Rooted In The Meisner Technique
NOTES FROM ACTORIUM'S HOMEWORK FOR MONOLOGUE STUDY: Spend an hour a day sitting with your monologue 'feeling' it out. 1. Don't rehearse it aloud. When you rehearse aloud you are nailing your coffin. You're creating a dead performance. You may get so good at it - it...read more
Anyone that has gone up on the stage at Actorium, knows that there is more to a Meisner technique class than repeating what the person in front of you says. You are asked to not only respond fully and truthfully, but you are asked "to see" fully and truthfully. Each...read more
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