Short course


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Can’t get out of your head?


The Meisner Technique is widely regarded as theatre's best kept secret – helping actors get out of their heads in order to behave instinctively to the surrounding environment and therefore become alive, responsive and emotionally truthful. In the first opportunity of its kind at NFTS, this short course programme based around the principle of the Meisner technique will help you stop acting, pretending and demonstrating emotion and will instead get you listening intently and following your impulses and instincts.


On this 10-day course you’ll find your acting skills will be elevated to the next level as you work both on and off camera, moving through every aspect of the Mesiner Technique and learning how to drop the bad habits that stop you from being honest in your performance. You will cover Single Word Repetition, Calling on Behaviour, Independent Activities, Knock at the Door, Emotional Preparation before moving into scenes, scripts and monologues.


Full days of training will include learning and participating in the Meisner Technique in the morning and then applying what you’ve learnt with specifically designed on-camera and theatre exercises in the afternoon.  


Course Tutor ROBYN PATTERSON studied at the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland New Zealand. She then studied under one of Sanford Meisner’s graduates, Michael Saccente, in Auckland for three years before studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, otherwise known as the Meisner School, in New York in 2011.  As well as acting professionally in film and television, she started teaching in Auckland, New Zealand and also taught at The Sydney Drama School in Australia and has been asked to lecture on Meisner at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She has also lectured at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand and currently lectures on Meisner at Royal Holloway University, Roehampton University, Kingston University and London Southbank University as well as teaching on-screen acting. In 2014 she moved to London and founded The London Meisner Company.


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Freelance Rate: £925

Corporate Rate: £1900

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