The Meisner Technique

Trimester 1 & 2. January – July. Package 6.

Meisner 1: An Introduction

This phase of Meisner technique attempts to begin to loosen and fully free the Actors own impulses with the now widely and famously practiced “Repetition” exercises. In a progressive and layered manner we dive deep into the Repetition practice to offer the actor a chance to live in the truth of any given moment on stage or film. Here, we learn to listen – the core of Meisner’s training.

Saturdays:  Jan 26th – March 16th
8 weeks
3 hours: 11am – 2pm

Hours: 24    Fee: €700


Meisner 2: Intermediate/Advanced

Building on the Repetition exercises, Meisner II goes fully into “Independent Activity/Knock at the Door” Improvisations. We will delve into “emotional preparation” technique, and then add “shared circumstances” to the Improvisations. We will begin to work here with highly naturalistic scene work, introducing classic actor technique (Stanislavski/Stella Adler) – never losing the foundation of Repetition.

Saturdays: March 23rd to May 18th
8 weeks
3 hours: 11am – 2pm

Hours: 24   Fee €700

Meisner 3: Meisner Principles with Live Scene Performance and On-Camera Scenes for Reels

Using Repetition exercises as warm up, and Meisner text exercise, this final phase of Meisner focus is essentially to bring the principles right into scene work for film, then marry them with classic “action” and “objective” work. Each actor will be given 2 or more scenes and scene partners, and will analyse, rehearse, and then ready for a brisk shooting schedule with direction from the mentor.

Saturdays: May 25th to June 29th
8 weeks
3 hours: 11am – 2pm

Hours: 24   Fee: €700


Discount for taking all three Classes €200: Total fee for all 3 classes: €1900. Otherwise €700 per series = €2100. If you want to arrange this please email

“You’re always playing yourself. It’s all autobiography, whatever you’re doing. It’s using them as a kind of prism through which to throw something real about yourself, or something relaxed at least. Because the last thing you want is to look like you’re acting.” Tilda Swinton

Teacher: Alex Murphy

Alex-MurphyAlex Murphy is an American actor, director and teacher. He has worked with actors in the USA, Asia and Europe for a number of years. He has been a guest lecturer at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Mulholland Academy in Amsterdam, and the International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway.   Read more about Alex Murphy.