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     Meisner Technique - Level 1

$195.00 for 8 weeks

Meisner Technique - Level 1
Next session TBA
*15% Discount available to students currently registered in our AAAC program.

        "To be an interesting actor - hell, to be an interesting human being - you must be authentic, and for you to be authentic you must embrace who you really are, warts and all."

                                                                                                                   -Sanford Meisner

      Authenticity is an essential tool for any actor, but one especially necessary when you work in Chicago. Meisner Technique teaches the actor how to live in the moment and to respond truly, deeply, spontaneously. It is not for the faint-of-heart - Meisner Technique is an emotionally demanding series of interdependent exercises designed to get you out of your head and into your honest and instinctive responses.

      This introductory course will cover in depth the fundamental building block of the Technique - the Repetition Exercise. We focus on intense partner work and a firm grounding of the skills needed to bring a greater level of connection and honest reactions to your acting. There is no scenework, but the course will require at least two hours a week with a partner outside of class.

      To ensure everyone in this workshop series gets a chance to do their work, space will be limited to no more than ten participants.

Allison Asher

Allison Asher Instructor

A teacher and coach for nearly a decade, Allison has trained and performed at theatres and schools from San Francisco to Moscow. Her students have appeared on Chicago Fire, The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, and at such theatres as Steppenwolf and the Guthrie.

Allison specializes in teaching Meisner Technique. She is a "third-generation" Meisner teacher, having studied and teacher trained under Kathryn Gately, who herself trained directly with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and under William Esper at Rutgers University.

She received her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and spent a summer in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre studying Chekhov, Stanislavsky, and ballet. She has also trained at the Stella Adler Studio in New York, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and IO and Second City in Chicago.

Regional and local acting credits are with Peterborough Players (New Hampshire), City Lights Theatre Company and the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival (California), and with Idle Muse and Akvavit Theatre here in Chicago, among others.

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