The Meisner Technique
Meisner 2: Advanced Meisner Technique
with Alex Murphy
Meisner Technique is now gaining a solid and unstoppable foothold into many of the best European actor training centres.
Film directors across the international market are recognizing Meisner technique as the most valuable training edge an actor can get.
In this Advanced workshop you will revisit and drill the core Meisner repetition exercises in the first few weeks. Very quickly, students will take on the dynamics of the “knock at the door”/ independent activity” repetition-improvisations. For several weeks, with these signature exercises we begin locking in the notions of “living truthfully” moment by moment, and then deepening the repetition technique to begin applying it to complex “given circumstances.”
We also move to fully applying the Meisner to carefully chosen written text. Also, layered in carefully to the exercise rotation, we will counterbalance the Meisner repetition work with acting technique exercises that begin to address the actor’s responsibility to interpret the “original intention” of the text – and these exercises based in classic Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Practical Aesthetics technique, addressing script analysis and essential character development.
Each actor will be assigned a scene and a partner and will be expected to work the repetition exercises and rehearse their scene material outside of class hours. At the end of our sessions, we will conduct a live presentation of the scenes that have been assigned for an invited audience.
*Actors must have had an Introductory Meisner class for admittance to this class. Please submit a letter of intent and actor experience via email.
Saturdays 3pm-7pm (4 Hours)
January 25th- March 14th
8 weeks course
Maximum class size: 11 students.
“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
Alex 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.