The salon:collective's classes in Meisner Technique are headed up by Dominic Kelly. Dom is the artistic director of the salon:collective and has taught the technique for over eight years.
"I've always remembered something Sanford Meisner, my acting teacher, told us. When you create a character, it's like making a chair, except instead of making something out of wood, you make it out of yourself. That's the actor's craft - using yourself to create a character." - Robert Duvall
Learning how to free your impulses and follow your instincts in your acting is vital, and this is what the first half of the Meisner Technique focuses on. In this final stage of the technique, you will focus on how to apply these skills to creating character, and approaching text work.
The demands of the industry require that an actor hits their mark, remembers their blocking, brings their truth to a character that might be worlds away from them in behaviour, belief, age or culture. The Meisner Technique covers these demands in a systematic, simple yet effective way.
This stage takes what you have learnt about text analysis as we apply it to monologues. You will apply improvisation skills to find hidden depth to your monologue, and text analysis will enable to you play it truthfully and deeply, and you will learn how to add ‘character’ to your work.
This area of the technique allows you to now bring in a sense of play and theatricality to your work. Looking at different genres, you will learn how to consistently apply a sense of truth to your performance, and also how to add characteristics, such as age, under the influence of drink/drugs, physical handicaps, accents whilst still remaining connected to your performance.
The final part of the training teaches you how to play a scene with your partner, rich in emotional colour, and full of instinctive choices, whilst still remaining true to the authors intentions and a director’s vision.
After your training, you will be able to continue your development with the technique (after all Meisner himself said it takes 20 years to become a great actor!) Drop-ins, Scene Study and other courses run by the salon:collective are specifically chosen to enrich a Meisner actor's training, with most teachers a graduate of the technique themselves. Find out more at; www.thesaloncollective.org.
Please note: Meisner Stage 1: Introduction is required to take part in this course. There is a £150 deposit payable at the time of booking, the remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the course.
Theatre, Film production, Creative Media, Acting