The beautiful thing about The Meisner Technique is that it is based on bringing the actor back to his or
her emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that
all good acting comes from the heart. If this is how you want to train then here are the details.
Our first year of the program is divided into 4 levels.
- Level 1: The Foundation – 6 weeks 3 times a week
- Level 2: The Emotional Life – 8 weeks 2 times a week
- Level 3: Crafting the Circumstances – 6 weeks, 2 times a week
- Level 4: Harnessing Technique to the Text – 4 weeks, 2 times a week
During the approximately 7 months of Meisner Training it is all about developing a truthful acting
instrument. Based on the definition of acting, “behaving truthfully in an imaginary circumstance”,
Meisner focuses on the truthfulness of YOU in an imaginary circumstance. Self-discovery is a huge part
of the first year’s syllabus. Students will challenge themselves and take steps into discovering their
unique emotional point of view. Each week you will work through exercises designed to progressively
get you out of your comfort zone. Through the cornerstone exercise of Meisner Repetition you will learn
how to connect with the other actor, you will begin to expand your emotional range and use your
imagination to create the improvised exercises that are the hallmark of the Meisner Technique.
This challenging process will strengthen your imagination, expanding your emotional range, help you
discover what makes you unique. It is your uniqueness that is your most valuable asset as an actor. We
want you to learn to be fearless, make mistakes, take risks, develop a reliable process, respect the craft
and feel supported along the way! If this is your dream it will take time, dedication and passion to
pursue it. If you are ready to make that commitment – The Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio is ready to
invest in YOU!