The Curriculum

We divide the work into three levels -- Tech I, II and III.  Actors with prior Meisner experience can speak to Wendy about placement in more advanced levels of the training, but most actors begin with Tech I.

Tech I - Actors learn the basics of the Meisner Approach through a series of highly structured exercises that emphasize intuition, listening, authenticity and specificity over more intellectual, character-driven approaches.  Students learn to stop pretending and begin bringing themselves to their work.  The result is truthful, emotionally honest and compelling performances.

Tech II - Actors learn "emotional preparation," a process of developing one's emotional life without drawing on actual past experiences.  The foundation acquired in Tech I supports actors as they learn a better approach to placing themselves deeply in the imaginary circumstances of a scene.  Students begin to experience their feelings the way they do in life -- freely, without self-consciousness and spontaneously in the moment.

Tech III - Actors work on a variety of scripts and texts with different styles of writing and different acting challenges.  They learn processes for strengthening their connection with any script they are given.  Actors also work on physical adjustments (sometimes referred to as "impediments"), such as accents and other physical changes that are appropriate for a given role.

Audition/Interview Technique -  Actors learn how to face the challenges of the industry by practicing their audition skills in a series of mock auditions and interviews.  Tons of group and individual feedback is provided throughout the term.  Gradually, the dreaded audition challenge is greeted with optimism, enthusiasm and confidence.  Our students leave understanding how to interview with confidence and grace, perform cold sides with confidence, and prepare monologues and self-tapes in a manner that is professional, memorable and competitive.