My teaching is based on the Meisner Technique, one of the great American acting methods. Students are guided through a robust series of exercises developed by Sanford Meisner. The exercises are developed to release conditioned patterns that interfere with the actor’s instincts and emotional impulses, while simultaneously developing concentration and the imagination.
The Meisner Technique cultivates actors who are penetrable, spontaneous and disciplined. Meisner trained actors include Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, James Franco, Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Watts, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Robert Duvall, David Mamet among many others.
Participants are introduced to the basic exercise of the Meisner Technique, designed to develop the actor’s concentration and to strengthen each actor’s instrument to become increasingly responsive and expressive within the imaginary circumstances.
I will build on the basic exercise, utilizing tools of the technique to engage the imagination through improvisational scene work. These tools are designed to increase vulnerability and develop a rich emotional life on stage.