Beginning Meisner Technique

Meisner Technique Acting Class

Study the Work of a Master: Beginning Meisner Technique

Instructor: Robert Verlaque

Our Beginning Meisner Technique class is a great choice for actors who are just starting out with their acting studies. This is an introduction to master instructor Sanford Meisner’s approach for developing a strong foundation for acting technique. He has said 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.” Join the ranks of A-list actors who have all been trained in the Meisner Technique including Stephen Colbert, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, and Diane Keaton.

This introductory Meisner Technique class focuses on putting together the fundamentals of a solid acting technique with a step-by-step approach to working on stage and screen. This beginner class features a series of structured Meisner exercises that provide a beginning actor vital tools:

  • Open, honest listening and responding.
  • Developed instincts and imagination.
  • Building in confidence and trusting impulses.

Additionally, this Meisner Technique class is a progression of building an acting exercise that develops the actor’s ability to work organically, and create truthfully expressive behavior in acting. The acting class covers beginning Meisner techniques including word repetition through its application, beginning improvisation exercises, and a first set of corresponding scenes.

This 6-week comprehensive course meets twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.

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  • This is a beginning level acting class and no audition is required. You can apply online.
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Upcoming Dates

Mon January 14 - Thu February 21
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Fee: $695/12 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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Thu February 28 - Mon April 8
6:30pm - 10:30pm
Fee: $695/12 classes (plus $75 registration fee for new students)
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About the Instructor:  Robert Verlaque

Robert Verlaque has been a professional actor, director, teacher and writer for over 30 years and teaches in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York, including here at T. Schreiber Studio. He starred in the Disney release The Games Maker opposite Joseph Fiennes, Ed Asner, and David Mazouz; as well as the film Indignation with Tracy Letts, Logan Lerman, written and directed by James Schamus. Additionally, he has guest-starred on Jessica Jones, Boardwalk Empire, Saving Hope, Warehouse 13, Cracked, and Reign. He’d also had a recurring role as ‘Judge Gus Benjamin’ on Suits. He performed in New York in the critically acclaimed world premiere of The Road to Damascus.

Robert is a produced playwright and screenwriter, with plays produced in NY, San Diego and Toronto. His full-length play ‘Icarus Sings’ was work shopped in NY last season for a Toronto production. 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.

Furthermore, Robert has extensive directing credits in New York, Toronto, and regional theatre. His 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.

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