ABOUT THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE: The Meisner Technique emphasizes the importance of truthful acting on the stage and screen. Sanford Meisner, who became well known for his long list of famous acting students, created a foundational exercise for actors called "repetition". Meisner described it as, "an exercise for actors where there is no intellectuality. I wanted to eliminate all the 'head' work, and take away the manipulation and get to where the source of all organic creativity comes from, your impulses." The Meisner Technique habitually develops the actor's natural ability to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Grant McGowen is the Producing Artistic Director and a founding member of Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is an accomplished director, actor, and writer both on screen and stage. Some of his favorite credits include films: No Soliciting, Heavy Water, and Finley; TV: Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, and his pilot McCullom; Theatre: Let's Make It, Some Girl(s), Tape, Speed-the-Plow, Bachelorette, Lobby Hero, and Reasons To Be Pretty. Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied the Meisner Technique. He was most recently featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Top 20 Most Important People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." Grant is incredibly passionate about acting and enjoys inspiring artists to work truthfully and collaboratively.
MEISNER LEVEL 1: FOUNDATION FOR ACTING Mondays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm In this 8 week class, you will learn the basic foundation for powerful, organic acting. As you gradually begin to trust in your unique and creative emotional instincts, you will learn how to listen and respond "truthfully under imaginary circumstances." This class will help guide you toward a successful career as an actor.
MEISNER LEVEL 2: STAGE PERFORMANCE Sundays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm PREREQUISITE: Must complete Meisner Foundation Class. In this 8 week class, you will continue to learn the techniques that are vital to truthful acting. You will apply the Meisner technique to challenging scenes and learn to work collaboratively with other actors and directors. This class showcases final scenes in front of a live audience, where casting directors, agents, and producers are invited.
MEISNER LEVEL 3: ON-CAMERA PERFORMANCE Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm PREREQUISITE: Must complete Level 1 & 2. This 8 week class is devoted to acting on camera. From TV to film, comedy to drama, you will learn the techniques to effectively execute any shot. You will learn how to build a character from the ground up and tell a story with powerful, believable acting. Students have the option to leave this class with a professional demo reel.
MEISNER LEVEL 4: PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION (NEW CLASS) PREREQUISITE: By special invitation only. This 8 week class is devoted to producing exciting new works. The artist will learn to produce, direct, write, and perform in new plays and films in collaboration with other artists. This class is the ultimate challenge for advanced Meisner actors.
Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre (View)
1085 Ponce De Leone Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306