For Levels 1 & 2 Actors
Click Here for our AC Level descriptions
Fee: AC members $10; non AC members $20
Participants will get a taste of the Meisner technique's basic repetition exercise in order to hone their listening skills, which are the foundation of any great performance. This increased ability to connect to an acting partner (and oneself) sparks raw, spontaneous, organic, and authentically alive acting.
Students will learn the basic tenets of the Meisner technique and the importance of creating acting work that is truthful. With practice of this technique, students will develop more self-awareness about their inner experiences, respond organically and intuitively off an acting partner's emotional life, and break through habitual patterns to uncover more freedom in their work.
The class will begin with a discussion of the Meisner technique principles of authentic action and foundational learning. Carolyn will introduce and demonstrate the repetition exercise; which students will then practice on their own. Physical warm-ups and acting games will be peppered in to further illustrate the importance of listening with a partner.
Carolyn McCandlish, a new arrival to DC, has taught the Meisner acting technique at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Carolyn trained as an actor in a 2-year Meisner program with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio. She has also studied with Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Richard Armstrong, Elena McGhee, Alisa Endsley, Ted Morin, and Jeff Wirth. Her theatre credits include The Spoon River Project (Green-Wood Cemetery), Crimes of the Heart (Fable Farm Theatre), Stomp and Shout (Babel Theatre Project), and Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theater). Carolyn was a founding member of art.party.theater.company, which specialized in designing creative performance installations and reinvigorating classical texts through site-specific, physical theater, and she co-founded the interactive, dramatic improv ensemble Playing With Reality, with which she performed and taught in Amsterdam and across New York City. Carolyn co-wrote, co-produced, assistant directed and acted in Whispers in the Dark, an interactive 24-hour film project for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Carolyn received a B.A. from Harvard and a Master's in Social Work from NYU with a focus on therapeutic drama techniques.
“Carolyn kicked my ass and I loved every second of it. This was the best acting class I’ve ever taken. I now think about so many things I never did when approaching a scene. She was always professional and emphasized safety over anything else. I felt myself growing from class to class. Thank you, Carolyn!”
“Carolyn is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. She not only knows so much about what she’s teaching, but her advice & lessons are relevant & coherent. She really kept my mind active & engaged; she made things really click for me. This class pushed me immensely every class & kept forcing me to strive to improve & actively think about the process & the work. This Meisner training completely changed my view of acting & I love that it did that.”
Click here to register