Beginner Meisner Acting Class


Afternoons Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:00 PM-6:00 PM or
Evenings 6:45 PM – 10 PM

“When can I start class?
Since we having rolling admissions, new students USUALLY start our Beginner Meisner Acting Class (Phase 1) or Intermediate Meisner Acting Class (Phase 2) at the beginning of the month. if you wish, however, to start attending these classes IMMEDIATELY, even after the month has begun, you may do, so but pricing will not be prorated. Please read the Ted Bardy Information Packet and take note of the Studio Rules and Guidelines page.”

The “Reality of Doing” is the foundation of the Sanford Meisner approach to acting. Our Beginner Acting Classes start off with the fundamental Meisner Technique exercise called, “The Repetition Exercise.” This fundamental exercise trains actors in the habit of really listening, getting the attention off themselves, leaving themselves vulnerable, and really responding truthfully to the other actors’ behavior.

Next we introduce “The Independent Activity” – a physically difficult task that the actors must really try to complete for a meaningful, imaginary reason, within a specific time limit. In the Meisner Technique, great emphasis is placed upon strengthening the actors’ imagination. The actor is learning a technique that will allow him or her to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” The actor is not required to become a neurotic, nor is the actor required to dredge up horrible, real events from the past. Whether your character is experiencing the height of joy, or the depths of despair, the bottom line is: acting should be fun! Use of the imagination ensures this.

The Repetition Exercise, coupled with the independent activity and a few other elements, eventually leads to a complex, structured improvisation in which actors work off each other’s behavior in a truthful, unanticipated moment-to-moment way. The habits that are being developed through the exercises are applied periodically to actual scene work.

Occasionally, scene work is presented in a theater environment to an invited audience of Studio Members and supportive friends and family. These informal theater presentations, in front of an unfamiliar audience, are designed to accustom the actor to the demands of the real world and make sure the habits and skills being learned in class are actually being applied. Phase 1 ends with the introduction of “emotional preparation” by way of “the alone exercise.””