Deepen your acting and connection to your partner

Act before you think – your instincts are more honest than your thoughts

Sanford Meisner

Improvisation simulates a scene-like situation. It is a key stage in the Meisner Technique, teaching you how to defeat self-consciousness when alone on stage, how to prepare before your entrance and how to work with your partner in the moment, enhancing and developing your emotional and intellectual capacity to create/improvise instinctively.

You will be taught how to work with your partner in order to live truthfully through imaginative scenarios. You will also be introduced to the method of emotional preparation.  This will further develop your emotional range and ability to “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances”, which is the benchmark for any Meisner-trained actor.

This stage of the training teaches you how to add complexities and layers to your work by exploring how to play relationships you may or may not have experienced in your own life. You will discover the nuances and subtleties available to you in the moment with your partner, regardless of your life experience.

You will create imaginative relationships with your partner using simple and easily practiced methods, finding out how to truthfully get what you want, and discovering the power of using relationships in your work.

This course will expand your emotional acting range further and allow you to use the skills you are developing with more flexibility and precision. It also teaches you how to make simple decisions that register a complex effect.

Techniques taught in Stage 2 include:

  • Meisner improvisation
  • Relationship exercises
  • Emotional preparation
  • Depth and emotional range
  • Independent Activity
  • Coming to the Door
  • Previous and given circumstances
  • Moment to moment acting
  • Listening to your partner
  • Emotional preparation
  • Working with props
  • Shared event
  • Substitution
  • Twists

This is the place to be...I'm being challenged and inspired beyond my wildest dreams

Jenna LyleActor