Using Substitutions in the Repetition Exercise

By July 23, 2017 February 21st, 2018 Acting, Meisner, Meisner Class

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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