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 of acting. As you gradually start to trust your 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 on stage and screen.
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, specifically on stage. You will apply the Meisner technique to challenging scenes and learn to work collaboratively with other actors and directors. This class showcases the 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 Meisner Foundation Class. This 8 week class is devoted to acting specifically on camera. From TV sitcoms to Independent film, you will learn the techniques to effectively execute a master shot, a long shot, a two-shot, and close up. You will be paired with a partner and apply these techniques to challenging scenes. Students leave this class with a demo reel which will be professionally produced outside of class.
MEISNER LEVEL 4: PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION (NEW CLASS) PREREQUISITE: By invitation only. If you have completed LEVELS 1 & 2, you may request an audition/interview. 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