Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Truth and Impulse: an Introduction to the Meisner Technique


From: Royce Sparks [mailto:roycesparks@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:11 PM

The Meisner technique works. It is practical and immediate for stage and screen, for character parts and leading roles, for Shakespeare and the latest plays of 2014. It creates an actor that is compelling to watch, charged, impulsive, and able to work moment by moment in a state of aliveness.


What: Truth and Impulse: an Intensive Introduction to the Meisner Technique


When: Tuesday and Sundays, 6 sessions total: Tuesdays July 15, 22 and 29, from 6-10pm; Sundays July 20, 27 and August 3, 10:30-5:30pm. Participants not able to attend all sessions may still apply for the course.


Where: KU Studios; 6066 N. Oracle Road.


Cost: $125. Two scholarships are available for this workshop for keen students on a low budget. Inquire when applying; finances should never be an issue when seeking good training. Payment is due ten days after being accepted into the course, unless discussed otherwise.


Special note: Students of previous Truth and Impulse workshops receive a 10% discount.


Places: Places max at 12 people per group. A waiting list will be created.


Booking: E-mail Roycesparks@gmail.com to ask questions and to book a spot.


Course details:


Pioneered by legendary Group Theatre member, Sanford Meisner, the technique has become one of the most sought-after approaches in acting, particularly now in Europe. It emphasizes spontaneous truthfulness in the moment and gives you concrete techniques for arriving there. In a modern time where exciting and compelling acting is defined by being impulsive, free, and in the moment while still being sensitive to the given circumstances of a text, this is a valuable tool to have in the toolbox.


The entire body of the Meisner technique may be boiled down to five exercises. In a full year's study, actors work on deepening their craft through these exercises. In this workshop, participants will learn all five exercises and be exposed to the architecture of the Meisner technique, which first roots itself in what it means to live truthfully as an actor. From there the work quickly progresses to a strong focus on observing and responding to one's fellow actors, being impulsive in the moment, working from moment to moment, and finally living truthfully in the given circumstances encountered in a text. At the end of the workshop, actors will be able to walk away having practical tools to immediately take into their work, as well as a grasp of how to use the technique in their own practice.


This workshop is ideal for the following people: working actors seeking to deepen their own craft and process; newer actors seeking a firm foundation in which to root their blossoming craft; directors interested in the actors' process; writers seeking deeper insight into the potential of text in acting; performers of other mediums, including physical theatre and puppetry; people who suffer from anxiety in either public speaking or performance; practitioners and researchers interested in behavior and ways to explore its momentary nature.



About the instructor:


Originally a native of Tucson, Royce Sparks is a London-based actor, director and acting teacher. He is a third-year member of the Impulse Company, a Meisner-rooted theatre group whose artistic director, Scott Williams, trained under Meisner. Royce's work with the Impulse Company has included collaborations with Foreign Affairs Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Royce is a recent MA graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he taught the Meisner technique, as well as serving as an acting coach on productions at Royal CSSD. Royce coaches professional stage and screen actors, having just finished work with two leads on a London film, as well as having been a visiting lecturer at Kingston College where he taught the Meisner technique for screen acting. A member of UK Equity, Royce was last seen on the London stage as Kostya in a run of The Seagull, for which he received a best actor nomination, as well as currently filming a lead role in The Golden Steps webseries. Most recently, Royce made his London directing debut with a scene from David Mamet's American Buffalo which took first place at the North London Drama Festival. Together with his wife, Jessica Ruano, he is the co-creator of Ellipsis Theatre.



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