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Meisner Stage 3: Character, Text & Scene Work

"I've always remembered something Sanford Meisner, my acting teacher, told us. When you create a character, it's like making a chair, except instead of making something out of wood, you make it out of yourself. That's the actor's craft - using yourself to create a character."
- Robert Duvall
 
 

Learning how to free your impulses and follow your instincts in your acting is vital, and this is what the first half of the Meisner Technique focuses on.

In this final stage of the technique, you will focus on how to apply these skills to creating character, and approaching text work.

The demands of the industry require that an actor hits their mark, remembers their blocking, brings their truth to a character that might be worlds away from them in behaviour, belief, age or culture. The Meisner Technique covers these demands in a systematic, simple yet effective way.

This stage takes what you have learnt about text analysis as we apply it to monologues. You will apply improvisation skills to find hidden depth to your monologue, and text analysis will enable to you play it truthfully and deeply, and you will learn how to add ‘character’ to your work.

This area of the technique allows you to now bring in a sense of play and theatricality to your work. Looking at different genres, you will learn how to consistently apply a sense of truth to your performance, and also how to add characteristics, such as age, under the influence of drink/drugs, physical handicaps, accents whilst still remaining connected to your performance.

Stage 3 Grad ClassCredit: Dominic Kelly

The final part of the training teaches you how to play a scene with your partner, rich in emotional colour, and full of instinctive choices, whilst still remaining true to the authors intentions and a director’s vision.     

After your training, you will be able to continue your development with the technique (after all Meisner himself said it takes 20 years to become a great actor!) Drop-ins, Scene Study and other courses run by the salon:collective are specifically chosen to enrich a Meisner actor's training, with most teachers a graduate of the technique themselves. Find out more at; www.thesaloncollective.org.

 

Course Length: 24 sessions/12 weeks (not including breaks)

 

Cost: £980 (Earlybird discount price £780, available up to 3 weeks before the start date)

 Daytime Stage 3 is taught by Dominic Kelly whilst Evening Stage 3 is taught by Alex Vendittelli.  Teachers are subject to confirmation.

Dominic's Text Analysis runs as a separate module throughout the year. It is based on Meisner's own method and David Mamet's version. All students will need to have completed this module before starting Stage 3.

 

Classes

Monday 8th January - 26th March 2018, 6:30PM - 10:00PM (click for further date info) Buy Tickets

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