The Meisner Technique
Meisner Technique 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 centers.
In this Advanced workshop you will revisit and drill the core Meisner repetition exercises in the first few weeks. Very quickly and thoroughly, 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.” In this advanced cycle we also move to fully applying the technique to carefully chosen written text to be used in exercises and rehearsal.
Layered in carefully to the exercise rotation, additionally, we will counterbalance the Meisner repetition work with acting technique exercises that begin to address and exercise the actor responsibility to interpret the “original intention” of the text – these exercises based in classic Stanislavski, Stella Adler, and Practical Aesthetics techniques addressing script analysis and essential character development.
Each actor in this advanced class will be assigned a scene and a partner. Actors 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.
Dates: Saturdays – January 23rd to March 20th, 2021.
Times: 2pm t0 7pm (4 hours).
Maximum Students: 10
*Actors must have an introductory level of Meisner training to join this class.
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.
THIS CLASS IS FULL. ALL SEATS TAKEN.
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, an American actor, director and teacher. Alex appeared in the Canal + films for lead and supporting roles: Kiler, Mlode Wilki- Parts 1 and 2, and in a recurring role on the eastern European primetime series, Suckces. He has done over 40 plays, most of them in New York City’s Off, and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. Alex is a lifetime member of New York City’s prestigious ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE. Alex has worked with actors in the USA, Asia, and Europe. He has guest lectured at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Hakuna Academy in Antwerp, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and, as an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway. Alex also served as the Head of the Acting Program at The International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Cebu, Philippines for nearly 10 years.
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