Foundation of Meisner Technique
with Steven Ditmyer
5 day intensive - 4 hours a day
20 hours total
12:00pm to 4:00pm January 9th- 13th
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This workshop offers a foundation of the Meisner Technique, which was developed by Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City where he taught for more than 50 years – and where I had the privilege of being one of his students 32 years ago.
In his work at the Playhouse, Meisner trained many of our most distinguished actors and directors, including Robert Duvall, Sydney Pollack, Tony Randall, Christopher Lloyd, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Jeff Goldblum, Allison Janney and many more.
The technique is based on truth. Meisner said, “Acting is the ability to live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances.”
We will be working on –“the ability to live truthfully,” by using the repetition exercise, which is an improvisational exercise that teaches you to focus on your partner and if you really focus, you will start to really respond. TRUTHFULLY. And that’s what we are after, the truthful response, not the “this-is-what-I’m-suppose-to-say,” response (from the brain) but this is the TRUE thing to say because this is how the other person is making me feel right now. It’s an amazing exercise because it’s simple and honest. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.
In this approach our emotions come freely, as a side benefit, a gift, when our attention is on something else – and that something else is what we are doing. Really listening, really working off our fellow actors and being in response to what is happening. Following our impulses from one unanticipated moment to the next unanticipated moment. Meisner told
us “The seed to the craft of acting is the reality of doing. This principle: The Reality of Doing (really doing) is the foundation of all good acting.”
Then on the last day of the workshop, we will use text in the exercise (a short scene which will be given to the participants on the first day of class to learn by rote), to show how far your impulses can take you in your acting when you let go of the brain, truly listen and spontaneously respond to your partner.
I love this work because it is a very healthy approach to the craft of acting. The work is grounded in who we are today and what our past experiences mean to us now!
There are many acting techniques and the ones that are valid will help you arrive at the one ultimate truth, your truth. The work we will do together will lead you to acting with a deep personal meaning, a wonderful simplicity and to a level of working where eventually technique disappears and what remains, is you in your acting.
This workshop will help all those who are interested in theatre, film and TV – actors, directors, writers…everyone. I can’t wait for you to discover this work!
Director / Acting Coach
Steven is an International Director, Actor and Acting Coach who studied with Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and Zoe Caldwell. He is a scholarship graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York where he later was invited to train as a teacher of the Meisner Technique. In addition to being a guest teacher and director at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City he is the founder and director of MEISNER INTERNATIONAL currently teaching workshops in New York, Atlanta, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Lisbon, Berlin, Geneva, Helsinki, Warsaw, Vilnius, Tallinn, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Quito, Guayaquil, and Bogota with new workshops starting next year in Sardinia, Malta and Dublin. As an actor, Steven worked with many great artists such as Al Pacino, Arthur Miller, Tony Randall, Ron Rifkin, Zoe Caldwell, Sam Waterston, Diane Wiest, Blythe Danner and more. As a Director, he produced and directed the OFF THE PAGE Reading Series for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre in NYC (2005-2008) with such notable productions as: The Night Of The Iguana with Alec Baldwin, Golf with Alan Shepard with Jack Klugman, Charles Durning, Len Cariou and John Cullum and Ladies In Retirement with Rosemarry Harris. He has directed many productions in New York working with such notable playwrights as Robert Askins, James McClure, Bruce Jay Friedman, Albert Bermel, Jack Gilhooley, Gail Sheehy and with other notable actors as Marian Seldes, Brian Murray, Dana Ivey, John Pankow, Richard Bey, Brian Geraghty and many more. Steven was the Co-Director of The Workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse (1999-2003) where he directed over 20 new plays and was the Artistic Director of the Neighborhood Theatre Company in Naples, Florida (2003-2005) where he directed his wife in the award winning production of The Syringa Tree. Steven directed the Florida premiere of How To Transcend A Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl at the Laboratory Theater of Florida in February 2020. He recently directed a reading of Brian Richard Mori's new play Coming Attractions featuring Richard Masur and produced by Eric Krebs and Dan Lauria. Steven is slated to direct the 2023 productions of Fool For Love at the JA International Theatre in Lisbon and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Amsterdam. He is married to actress Tamara Flannagan and resides in Manhattan with their two boys Callan and Jace.