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"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."
Concentration is at the core of a good actor’s skill set. It provides the framework for the dramatic imagination, and is the springboard for genuine emotional expression.
This second-level Introduction to Meisner Technique course continues the lessons of the Repetition Exercise of authentic responsiveness and behavioral flexibility by introducing a new element into the repetition: the Independent Activity. This facet of the technique allows actors to expand their ability to concentrate while staying in contact with their partner, continuing to build on skills of truth, authenticity, and connection.
The Independent Activity is a skill that requires difficulty, utter focus, a high standard of completion, and intense motivation stemming from the dramatic imagination. Actors will be challenged to creatively find activities that meet these standards and integrate them into the repetition to heighten concentration, intensify motivation, raise stakes, and learn how to really, really want something.
There is no scenework, but the course will require at least three additional hours per week outside of the studio - two hours of rehearsal with a partner and an hour of activity preparation. This course is open only to participants who have completed Intro to Meisner Technique I, or by instructor interview for those who have had previous Meisner training elsewhere.
To ensure everyone in this workshop gets a chance to do their work, space will be limited to no more than eight participants.
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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