This 4-hour workshop is a 3-part series of the Fundamentals of Meisner workshop. We will explore ‘truthful behavior under imaginary circumstances’, Meisner’s definition of acting. Session #1 is a series of practical exercises on being present and listening, including
Meisner’s famous ‘Repetition Exercise’. We will also begin some non-scripted scene work. Session #2 moves forward into more complex Meisner exercises and script-based work. Participants will need to have memorized a short scene in advance. Session #3 uses new scripts, which also need to be memorised in advance. These are scenes from published plays and can be used for performance. Resources from the work will be shared with the ensemble at the conclusion of the workshop.
All levels of acting experience are welcome. Actors who wish to explore the Meisner technique and use it in their art form.
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Every Saturday, 2.00pm – 6.00pm for 3 sessions.
8th May 2021, Saturday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
15th May 2021, Saturday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
22th May 2021, Saturday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
AREAS OF FOCUS
I have no experience in acting and I’m really shy, is this workshop for me?
Yes! This workshop is designed to be a whole lot of fun for beginners. We’ll be encouraging, but we’ll never push you further than what you’re comfortable with.
What are the classes going to be like?
The class moves fast – we’ll start with a quick introduction, some warm up activities and we’ll dive straight into our interactive games and exercises.
What will I gain from this workshop?
At the end of the workshop, you’ll have experienced the basics of acting and have discovered a little of how acting can affect and improve your personal and professional life.
Through the games and activities, you’ll also gain a boost in confidence and communication skills.
Will it be awkward if I come alone?
Absolutely not! In fact, HCAC is a great place to meet like-minded friends.
Do I have to bring anything to the classes?
As our activities and games involve movement, we’d advise wearing something comfortable.
If you’re attending the workshop after work, office wear is fine! (Note: Skirts/dresses might impede some movements)
Tom directed his first play in 1977, while an undergraduate at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He has remained actively involved in theatre ever since. He worked with THECO in NYC in the early 80’s, directing the American Premiere of “The Archbishop is Here” by Peter Sattmann, which was funded by the Goethe Haus. He earned his MA (Directing) at San Francisco State University’s “Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art,” where he founded “Elbows Akimbo,” a collaborative performance ensemble, and served as Artistic Director for 7 years. In 1992 he moved to Jakarta and began his work in theatre education. This is his 10th year working as the Director of the High School Theatre program at Singapore American School. Tom is also an Associate Director of the David Glass Ensemble.