Meisner Level Two: Scene Study
ABOUT THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE:
Created by Sanford Meisner of New York’s influential Group Theatre, the Meisner Technique creates truthful, emotionally-connected actors. Meisner trained a long list of great actors including Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton.
The Meisner Technique gets you out of your head and into the moment. At Actors Bridge, we take students through a step-by-step approach to the Meisner Technique giving them a strong foundation in being an emotionally available, truthfully responsive actor.
Whether you are an actor interested in deepening your craft or someone looking for greater confidence, spontaneity and intuition in your everyday life, the Meisner Technique can help you on your journey.
Some guiding principles of the Meisner Technique include:
- Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
- The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.
- There's no such thing as nothing.
- Acting is about instincts and intuition not intellect (heart not head).
- Active awareness frees actors from selfconsciousness on stage.
THE MEISNER SERIES:
Meisner developed a series of exercises to be taken in sequence. It is important that all actors begin at Level One regardless of experience. Classes are held once a week. In addition, students are required to work with partners outside of class 2-3 times per week. To really absorb the technique, students must put in the time.
Actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.