Time & Location
21. – 22.8.2021
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 15:00
Old Town Tallinn, Vene tn 6, Estonia
About the Event
This workshop helps you to dive back into your true self, into your emotional life and its powerful spectrum, and learn how to utilize it’s vibrancy for the powerful benefit of your acting work. Through the Meisner technique, and a variety of group and partner exercises you will learn to express yourself truthfully, to be present with, and listen fully to your partner all leading to the potential for powerful, gripping, and authentic performance skills.
WHO IT IS FOR
For all level actors who are wanting to develop their emotional understanding and expressivity as an engaging and authentic performer. Also great for actors, directors, writers and artists, or anyone wanting to learn about the Meisner Technique or engage with the truthfulness of acting.
WHAT DO YOU GET
Through this workshop you will:
- learn to express more freely and bravely
- create more freedom to be present and live in the moment
- strengthen your self-confidence as a performer and connect to your intuition
- strengthen your capacity to listen and connect with another
- deepen your emotional expression and understanding to benefit your acting work
- develop your communication skills which read beautifully on screen
- find healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and feel more relaxed and confident in all types of performance
- enhance your capacity to drop down masks and live in your authenticity
- strengthen your sensitivity and awareness of an acting partners emotional life and expression
- as an artist get highly applicable tools and approaches on how to gently connect to your authentic and unique emotional expression
You do not need any previous experience, the course is open to anyone.
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ABOUT MEISNER TECHNIQUE
The Meisner technique is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to “get out of their head”, such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment. To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the underlying emotion. In the Meisner technique, there is a greater focus on the other actor as opposed to one’s internal thoughts or feelings associated to the character. Meisner Training is an interdependent series of training exercises that build on one another. The more complex work supports a command of dramatic text. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. The techniques developed the behavioural strand of Stanislavski’s. The technique is used to develop improvisation skills as well as “interpreting a script, and creating the specific physical characteristics of each character the actor played”.
Sanford Meisner said that his approach to training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there’s no mentality to it.”
Learn to live in the moment as an actor, and let go of any idea of result. Learn what it means to really “do” and to respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your partner. Through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response learn to resonate authenticity within a given circumstance. Only in this way will you begin to understand the definition of real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”.
“If you want to reach every person in the audience, it’s not about being bigger, it’s about going deeper.”
– Sanford Meisner
ABOUT NITA ARPIAINEN
Nita Arpiainen is an acting coach, actor and a holistic coach and the founder of Actors Academy Finland. In her previous career she has also worked as a TV presenter and producer.
Nita’s deep passion and curiosity for acting, learning and personal growth is the underlying motivation for AAF to come alive. The vision for AAF was formed while Nita attended numerous acting schools and workshops in London at the Actors Studio, Giles Forman Acting Studio, City Academy and the Actors Temple to name a few, ultimately falling profoundly in love with the Meisner Technique, and it making a powerful and lasting impact on the way she viewed not just acting, but life and relationships as well. Her first studies and the journey into the world of the wonderful and forever-inspiring world of Meisner Technique started in 2015, and she has been lucky to have worked and learned with many great international teachers along the years.