LEVEL ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
This course introduces the concepts of the approach and develops the actors’ instinct, encouraging actors to work with greater spontaneity and honesty.
LEVEL TWO: SCENE STUDY
Actors work in improvisation and scene work learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.
LEVEL THREE: EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
Perhaps the most integral part of the Meisner approach, at this level, actors learn to have emotional truthfulness that is appropriate to the imaginary circumstances of the scene.
LEVEL FOUR: SCENE STUDY W/EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
More complex improvisations and more challenging scenework are assigned as students learn to put emotional preparation to practice. In this level, we return to improvisation with the Domestic Exercise, relationships, emotional preparation, and news. Be prepared for high-stakes circumstances.
LEVEL FIVE: INTERPRETATION AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
At this level, actors confront challenges associated with performance. Students develop the ability to apply personal interpretations to the text and build appropriate characters through attention to culture, period, language, and physical adjustments. The class culminates in a public showcase.
Note to students: In addition to in-class work, students should be prepared to spend one to two hours with their scene partner in outside study each week. Memorization is required in levels 2, 3, and 5.