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How To Make The Meisner Technique Second Nature?

It’s no secret that the Meisner technique allows actors to express themselves on the stage more professionally. To get the gist of technique, one thing’s required: practice.

This practice is much more effective if there’s a trained director providing feedback, and the trainee is interacting with other actors in the process.

The good news?

The  Meisner technique training is offered by many acting schools within California. However, there are only just a handful of them that train using the pure Meisner technique.

Emasla is one of them.

This summer, the course is offered to provide actors and actresses with intense Meisner training. Plus if you think summer has already started and it’s too late to join, there’s still time. Classes run between July 5th to August 6th.

Meisner acting is an invaluable skill for serious actors. The benefits include:

  • Understanding the character more in-depth
  • Capturing the true and desired emotions of the character
  • Making scripts come to life – real life
  • The technique, helps actors to live in the moment of acting

Apart from these benefits, why’s it a good decision to learn the technique? The first answer to this question is that most job searches require prospects to master the Meisner technique. Second to that, it’s one of the best ways to learn how to really get into character. And this notion is backed by most acting schools across the nation.

The master – Sanford Meisner is well revered in theater, and he purported the belief that the solitary tool that would be needed for acting success is the actor himself. Now, Emasla teaches acting students how to utilize their own bodies, voice and mind to be the best actor or actress they can be, with once again – practice.

Emasla’s Background:

The acting studio in LA is known for a commitment to excellence. This is both from  the lessons learned, and the performances expected from students. Lead director, Elisabeth Mestnik, received training in New York, the city where the Meisner technique all started.

Now in LA, the studio is one of the best to be found, recommended by the NBC, and home to some of the best new actors on the block.

Join Emasla for the summer intensive Meisner program. More info to be found here.

Get the whole act. Interviews are being held now.

Pure Meisner Training

The Meisner technique was created by renowned actor and teacher Sanford Meisner.

Over the course of history, specifically more than five decades, this profound training where actors are given the opportunity to express themselves freely and without inhibition, has been passed down to generations of successful actors and actresses, just like Sandra Bullock, Jon Voight and more.

But over time, as with a game of Chinese telephone, many acting schools have added other techniques to the mix, which counter produces the results it truly brings.

If you want learn the Meisner technique the way Sandford taught it, untainted, pure and true, this time-tested method of acting can be obtained at Emas Studio, in Los Angeles.

This is because director, Elizabeth Mestnik, has preserved teachings that are learned from her 20 years of practice, literature study, and rehearsals.

Books and classes can teach countless new skills. A class however, offers practice, and this is useful in a hands-on career like acting.
The more solid skills one has as an actor, the better they become at the art.

This summer, the Studio has compiled a comprehensive course of materials and practice for actors to learn the most in-demand technique in Hollywood – The Meisner Technique.

Why is it so popular?

The Meisner technique is admired because it teaches an actor how to relate to a character they are playing. Also, rather than reading lines script by script, an actor will need to display emotions, as well as improvise to get the right fit and feel for the entire play.
The summer course lasts for four weeks, and those who require advance training have the option to participate in a two year program which entails:

• Self Analysis
• Character Development
• Script Analysis
• Voice and Movement
• Auditioning Technique

Classes are limited and in order to enroll, prospective students will have to participate in an interview with the director of the Studio. In addition, students will have to commit three to four hours, twice per week,if they wish to participate in the best Meisner technique training school in Hollywood.

WHY STUDY MEISNER?

How is the Meisner Technique different than other approaches to actor training?  Why would you pursue this type of program over all the other acting classes in Los Angeles?  In this age of immediate gratification and short attention spans, it seems like The Meisner Technique may fall out of favor, and yet it is still one of the most respected techniques in Hollywood.  Why?

The Meisner Technique demands that an actor make a commitment to their training, and if you are in a program that follows Sanford Meisner’s syllabus, this training will take place over 9-months.  This is serious training for serious students. Those who come to Hollywood to get famous quickly and easily wouldn’t even consider something like this. So why should you make this sacrifice of time, effort, and yes – money?  What does the Meisner Technique do that is so special?

To put it simply – it gets you in actor shape.

I have always compared Acting to other difficult endeavors like playing an instrument or sports, endeavors that also show that whatever effort you put in shows in the product you put out.   So, to continue this metaphor, if acting is like, say… Gymnastics… then Meisner is the daily workout at the gym to get strong and flexible.  The more traditional acting skills (objectives, actions, character biography etc) are like learning the different elements, – (the cartwheel, the back flip, the somersault etc.)  Most Acting Classes teach you the elements, but don’t know how to get you into shape.

Now I will be honest with you.  I can do a somersault, and I can even do a cartwheel – but they are pretty pathetic because at the age of 42, I’m really not all that strong and flexible.  But if I worked out every day to increase my upper body strength and the flexibility of my spine, those elements would look much better.  And when Olympic gymnasts do these elements, we are in awe, because they dedicate themselves to knowing the elements and being fit enough to execute them.

The actor who understands the “elements” like playing an action, or making a character choice, but isn’t emotionally connected to the material leaves the audience cold, or even worse – uncomfortable for the actor.  Like me doing my somersault, we don’t want to see it again!  The out of shape actor can make sense of a part, but will lack the heart.  And we need for the audience to be drawn into our performance, to feel what the actors feel – and if the actors feel nothing – well, the audience will feel nothing.  THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!  So we train, rigorously, like professional athletes, to take our performance to the next level.  To put our abilities on par with the best actors out there.

So why take Meisner?  Because it gets you to:

  • Discover who you are and how you are unique
  • Learn how to bring your uniqueness into performance
  • Work honestly off of your acting partner
  • Access and strengthen your emotional range
  • Be fearless in your work
  • Make bold and honest choices
  • Work from your instincts and not your intellect
  • Personalize any material so that you can connect to it
  • Remove self consciousness by focusing on the tasks and people in the scene
  • Really do, really feel, really fight, really laugh, really be…Really!

THE ABILITY TO DO THE ABOVE MEANS YOU ARE IN ACTOR SHAPE!

When you complete a Meisner Technique program and can put it on your resume, it also says a lot to the people who might hire you about how dedicated you are to mastering your craft.  A casting director who sees that you have completed a true 1 or 2-year Meisner Program knows what they can expect.  Spontaneity, emotional range, self-knowledge, brave choices and truthful behavior.

That is why you invest in a Meisner Technique Training Program.  To get in shape. Quite simply, to be the best.