Meisner Technique/Conservatory/Audition Workshop/On-Camera-Scene Study
Robert Verlaque has been a professional actor, director, teacher and writer for over 30 years and teaches in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Recent acting credits include guest star appearances on Netflix’s hit series Umbrella Academy, CBS’s Star Trek-Discovery, and Frankie Drake Mysteries for PBS. Robert has guest-starred on Jessica Jones, Boardwalk Empire, Saving Hope, Warehouse 13, Cracked, Reign, and had a reoccurring role as Judge Gus Benjamin on Suits.
His film credits include The Games Maker opposite Joseph Fiennes and Ed Asner. Robert co-starred with Tracy Letts in the film Indignation, written and directed by James Schamus. He performed in New York in the critically acclaimed world premiere of The Road to Damascus.
New York directing credits include Labyrinth Theatre Co, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Acorn Theatre Co, Circle Rep East, The Shooting Gallery, and The Actors Studio, among others. He is a founding member of the award winning Articulate Theatre Company. Robert is also a produced playwright and screenwriter, with plays produced in NY, San Diego and Toronto. He was recently recognized with an award from the Canada Shorts International Film Festival for JOB in Purgatory, an original short film he wrote and directed.
Among the many talents he has been fortunate to work with are Christopher Plummer, Mike Nichols, William H. Macy, William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepard, Mary Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Stanley Tucci, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, among others
Meisner Technique for Actors focuses on putting together the fundamentals of a solid acting technique with a step-by-step approach to working on stage and screen. Open, honest listening and responding is taught through a series of structured Meisner exercises to develop the beginning actor’s instincts and imagination and help to unselfconsciously bring a script to life.
On-Camera 2 is for intermediate or advanced actors and offers the opportunity to explore and fine tune their work on camera. Emphasis is placed on the importance of working moment-to-moment, having a clear point of view, and ultimately being specific with the character’s circumstances while honoring the requirements of the script. The class offers the chance to combine the actor’s acting with the technical demands of the camera to give a living, truthful, three-dimensional human being existing in the circumstances of the script.
This intensive workshop shows how to work from the text to get all the information and common sense insights for auditioning. Curiosity, intuition and deductive reasoning combine in this step-by-step breakdown of the auditioning process. Get specific. Pin down the first moment. Make on-the-spot adjustments. Eliminate fear and doubt. Nail the audition!
These one-hour private sessions give the actor an opportunity to work on material that cannot be covered in a scene study class: monologues, upcoming auditions, etc. They are provided for actors who are unable to attend a regular weekly class and need an intensive, personal one-on-one experience.