What is the course about?
Develop your skills using Meisner's core definition of acting: ‘Acting is living truthfully under a given set of circumstances’ as well as strengthen your ability to act freely and work from moment to moment whilst reaching greater emotional depth. Working with set exercises from the technique will give you many opportunities to experience how it feels ‘living’ each moment rather than merely ‘believing’ it.
What will we cover?
Set exercises including physical and mental preparations, and the creation of relationships and scene-like situations.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Use and identify the role of 'the given set of circumstances' in a Meisner-based approach to acting.
• Apply Meisner's principle of putting the attention 'on the other' in rehearsal technique and text work.
• Personalise scenes, and relationships, adding depth and reality to your acting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have completed Meisner for beginners or have some experience of the core exercises listed above.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Working in pairs or small groups throughout the term in exercises and scenes. Constant evaluation and feedback.
Practical exercises and some homework.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Comfortable clothing should be worn. Some props but nothing costly.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Stanislavski, Method or a general acting course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details