Using Substitutions in the Repetition Exercise

The Repetition Exercise can be expanded in many ways. The Meisner Technique raises the stakes surrounding what began as a simple observation exercise by giving you imaginary circumstances to explore and relationships to create. Try starting a repetition exercise by deciding on a relationship to explore: let’s say siblings. If you have a brother/sister, allow your feelings towards them to be substituted on your partner. You are no longer working with a classmate, but with your irritating little brother. When they say ‘You’re scowling at me’, you’ll have a specific feeling about it. It’s fun, and gives you permission to go to new places with the exercise.

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