The Meisner Technique
Meisner Technique 1: An Introduction
with Alex Murphy.
For a long time a centerpiece of American actor training, Meisner Technique is quickly becoming integral for serious actor training programs in the UK and Europe. Many of the most well known actors working today have Meisner Technique on their resume.
The Meisner technique workouts will be guided by repetition principles set out by Sanford Meisner himself, and William Esper – arguably the finest Meisner teacher ever to carry on Meisner’s work. This cycle of work will, layer by layer, exercise the actors strait into the dynamics of “repetition” work and then introduce them to the beginning of “independent activity/knock at the door” improvisational structure. We will at times, for contrast, cross-train with playable Stanislavsky exercises so that actors may stay in tune with the classical acting notions that merge with Meisner technique for best results.
All actors will be assigned a scene partner and a final scene for presentation-with an emphasis on dramatic text from world class writers(in english) and minimalism for the presentation.
“It’s much more important that the actor have an understanding heart, an ability to empathize with other human beings, an ability to respond with his feelings, and not with his head. That’s what makes an actor.” William Esper.
Dates: Saturdays – November 7th to December 5th
Times: 2pm t0 7pm.
5 hour sessions, weekly for 5 weeks.
Maximum Students: 10
“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
This class will be taught by Alex Murphy who began his training with Meisner Technique at Obie Award winning Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. As an actor Alex has performed on film in the US, Europe, and in Asia. He has performed in over 40 plays in Asia, Europe, and the US-many in the Off-off Broadway circuit in New York City. Alex was the Sr Mentor for eight years for the full-time act program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Asia.
Read more about Alex Murphy.