The Meisner Technique
Meisner Technique 1: An Introduction
Meisner Technique for actors is quickly becoming a centrepiece for all serious training programs in Europe. Many of the most well known actors working today have Meisner training on their resume.
Meisner Technique- developed in the U.S by the master teacher Sanford Meisner -is slowly becoming a cornerstone of actor training all across Europe. The classes will be guided by repetition principles set out by Meisner himself, and William Esper, arguably the finest Meisner technique teacher of the last 25 years. This cycle of work will take the actors into the “repetition” work and to the beginning of “independent activity improvisations. All actors will be assigned a scene partner and a scene with an emphasis on dramatic text from world class writers(in english) and minimalism for a final presentation project. “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
6 weeks. Each class 4 hours duration: 3pm to 7pm
Maximum size: 12 students.
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.
Note: This class is a Introduction to Meisner Technique. We would like to receive a brief statement from prospective students giving a bit of background of their education, training, and some sense of your goals – this can all be brief and informal. email: email@example.com
Saturdays: November 2nd – December 7th.
4 hours: 3pm to 7pm
Maximum size: 12 students.
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.
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
3 hours: 11am – 2pm
Hours: 24 Fee €700
Meisner 3: Shooting Scenes for Reels / with principles of Meisner Technique
Saturdays: May 25th to June 29th
3 hours: 3pm – 6pm
Hours: 24 Fee: €700
“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.