SANFORD MEISNER TECHNIQUE
The Meisner technique is based on the true expression and communication of the actors. It leads them to discover their true potential and work with it calmly and effectively.
It was created with the prospect of freeing the actor from any anxiety and doubt he feels about his expression and personality.
The training begins with the Repetition Game. It focuses on Movement, Action, and the Cause of Character Behavior and their Relationships. It leads to Truth and Power on stage. It abolishes right and wrong as a mentality.
With the Meisner technique, we learn to live every moment as an actor and leave the idea behind. We learn what it really means to act and respond honestly at a given moment based on the information and energy we receive from our fellow actor. Through improvisation, the actor’s emotional truth and personal response learn to withstand authenticity within a given situation. Only in this way do we understand the definition of real action, which is “to live honestly under given circumstances”.
The program includes a specific set of methodical exercises shared by actors per TWO. Deep understanding of each exercise is essential to the success of the next one and so on. Technique topics make the actor able to understand and live the power of his character’s relationships, goals, obstacles, and feelings.
The aim of the program is to give trainees a clear understanding of actions, based on the principles of Sanford Meisner and translate it into practice through classroom exercises and experiences, culminating in the successful application of the Meisner method to a specific scene study. Thus, it creates a strong foundation of knowledge and action.
Meisner‘s technique is a progressive system of structured improvisation to develop concentration and creative imagination, stimulate the senses and impulses, and achieve the “reality of doing” in rehearsal, performance and shooting. By Meisner, true acting depends on the actor’s impulsive response to what is happening around him. His fisrt exercise, Spontaneous Repetition, is designed for the actor to develop the Here and Now dynamic.
The technique’s approach trains the actor to “truly live under given circumstances”, to discover and create personally important points of view, and to express spontaneous human responses and authentic feeling with excellent expression .
In the first step, we come across the “Reality of Doing”. This is the foundation of the Meisner approach. Training begins with the basic exercise called “The Exercise of Repetition”. This fundamental exercise trains us in the habit of truly listening, moving away from our personalities and daily lives, leaving vulnerable and true to every response. Exercises with structured improvisation and conditions we practice in active listening, true participation and physical behavior. Games with objects coonrdinate our attention with the Here and Now and create the flow of living situations. We also learn how to activate ourselves and our teammates through stimuli and responses with truth and purpose.
After practicing Repetition, we move on to the next step with Independent Activity and some other elements. This technique tool leads to a complex, structured improvisation in which we perform reciprocal behavior in a true, unpredictable way from time to time. The habits developed through the exercises are periodically applied to the real scene.The habits developed through the exercises are periodically applied to the real scene. Following is the exercise “I’m Alone and Going To …..” which puts us at the start of the “emotional” preparation for a role. Through structured improvisations, we get the taste of stage presence with attention, concentration and creativity.
Following the methodology of the technique, at this stage we come in contact with how to read the text of a scene and how to apply the technique under given conditions. We are testing our tools to learn to follow the flow, the teammate and the text. We change conditions and we are trained in the multifaceted and complex life of Characters.We understand through the exercises and practices the importance of our teammate’s request and find ways to manage it. With structured games and traps, we activate the important essence of the scene. We activate allour senses and materials in the scene.
At this point, we are able to try out a number of technical tools of technique that lead us to emotional involvement and empathy. We plan for the relationship between our roles and apply the behavior of the situation. We spontaneously share the feelings and actions that result from the interaction.
We keep a diary of behavioral exercises and organize the Objective of the scene. We follow its action and reach the end of it with an exit. We do an introduction to the dynamics of mutual interaction, trust and the creation of Relationships and Roles.
At this stage, we practice creating Obstacles and find ways to manage Boundaries. Through each scene, we learn to follow the Surprise, the Unexpected, and the Transformation of the Situations, Conditions and Relationships. The character’s true attitude and life results from the connection of the actors, the sequel to each other’s actions, and the naturalness of human behavior.
Meisner Anvanced *
This program is designed for professional actors who want to deepen their technique. Scenes and projects are studied and researched, making their work highly technical and meaningful, with the aim of training in professional conditions.
* Requires M1-5 program.