The Meisner Technique
Meisner Technique: An Introduction
with Alex Murphy.
For Actors of any level who wish an intensive introduction to this technique.
*Note: This class is a Introduction to Meisner Technique. We would like to receive a brief, informal statement from prospective students giving a bit of your background: of education, training, and some sense of your performance goals.
Meisner Technique for actors is quickly becoming a centerpiece for all serious training programs in the US and Europe. The technique is on fire… from London to Prague and Helsinki to Amsterdam, it is becoming essential study for actors. Many of the most well known actors working today have Meisner training on their résumé.
Our six day Summer Meisner Intensive will leap into the “repetition exercises” set out by Sanford Meisner himself, and the late William Esper – arguably the finest teacher ever of Meisner’s technique. In addition to “repetition” exercises, there will be an introduction to the practice of the “independent activity/knock-knock” improvisations, Meisner’s “Preparation” technique for the actor, and then, always, “relationship” work. All actors will be assigned a scene partner and a final scene to prepare for a final presentation-with an emphasis on text from contemporary, world class writers in english. Actors will be urged to do some rehearsals with partners in the off hours.
“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: July 28th to August 2nd
(6 day workshop – Tuesday to Sunday)
Times: 12 noon to 6pm each day.
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.