MEISNER TECHNIQUE LEVEL ONE (no pre-requisites)
Tuesdays, May 21 – June 25
Instructor: CJ Tucker
Location: Actors Bridge Studio – Darkhorse Chapel
This course introduces the fundamental exercises of the Meisner Technique and develops actors’ instincts, developing students ability to work with greater spontaneity and honesty in the moment. Great for actors at any stage in their career, Level One will reconnect you to your impulses and creative spark. All students new to the Meisner Technique begin at Level One regardless of acting experience.
Building on the skills learned in Level One, actors work in improvisation and scenework learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.
Actors build their skills with emotional preparation through monologue work using Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.
DEVISING SPOON RIVER (pre-requisites: Meisner Technique Levels 1-3)
Dates: Wednesdays, May 15 – July 3, 6-9 p.m.
with performances on July 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Instructors: Vali Forrister and CJ Tucker
Location: Actors Bridge at Darkhorse Chapel
In this course, open to all students who have completed Meisner Technique Levels 1-3, we will collaboratively devise and perform a script based on monologues from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.
The first 3 weeks of class will focus on creating a script in which each student will choose 3 Spoon River monologues, connecting them with dialogue created through Meisner’s improvisation methods. Vali Forrister will lead the devising process.
The following 5 weeks will be rehearsals incorporating text analysis, character arc, and in-depth examination of relationships and “deepest desires” and staging the script for a public sharing at the end of the course. CJ Tucker will lead the rehearsal process. (Note: this is an 8-week class plus a 2 performance showcase.)
Actors Bridge Ensemble refund policy: For the Meisner Series: there are no cash refunds after classes commence. Any student who withdraws after this time will be issued a transferable credit good for up to one year. We can make no transfers after the student has attended 2 or more classes. For classes outside the Meisner Series, there are no refunds after classes commence.
Our first Meisner class begins by teaching you basic concepts and encouraging your instinct and our sixth is for advanced students, with an emphasis on individual performance and longer scenes.
By the end of this class, students should feel confident enough to book an on-camera acting job and begin working on-set like an experienced pro. Join us and find your on-camera potential!
The Suzuki method of acting, developed by Tadashi Suzuki, is a physical approach to acting. The Suzuki Method works to build actors’ awareness of their body, especially their center.