NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The prestigious Maggie Flanigan Studio (http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/) is once again offering their highly acclaimed six-week summer acting program where actors will receive a thorough and practical introduction to the Meisner Technique. The Meisner Summer Intensive begins June 8 at the studio’s Manhattan location, and applications are now being accepted.
The Meisner Summer Intensive covers the first third of Sanford Meisner’s first year training, easing participants into the rigors of professional actor training, with Meisner’s straightforward, practical exercise that quickly unfolds into rich, sophisticated exploration of craft.
“You cannot master the craft of acting in only six weeks,” says Charlie Sandlan, executive director and head of acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, “but one can gain a better understanding of acting as an art form and an appreciation of the important fundamentals that any serious actor should master. Actors finish our summer acting program with greater insight and understanding of the hard work required to become a first-rate professional actor.”
The Meisner Summer Intensive immediately begins instilling in the actor important fundamental skills. These include active listening, nurturing of the imagination, and honing the ability to truthfully due under imaginary circumstances. Listening is the bedrock of acting, and this ability must be rooted in the actor. The Meisner Technique encourages being present and curious — returning the actor to the freedom of their inner child — rather than simply waiting for cues. When the practice of active listening becomes second nature, truly engaging and spontaneous performances become possible.
A sharp focus on the imagination and the reality of doing helps students develop an organic approach to creating behavior rather than merely pretending or indicating. After a month spent working with Meisner’s repetition exercise, the final two weeks of the six-week program challenges the actor to apply these fundamentals to scenes. Text is the actor’s playground, and the ability to improvise spontaneously and personally from moment to moment is the mark of a well-trained actor.
“Before I came to the studio I had no idea what acting was,” says former student Carolina Solorzano. “I had no foundation and I didn’t know where to begin; I didn’t know how to approach it. The training I received here at the studio was comprehensive. I learned a lot. One of the things that just sticks out the most is being vulnerable. And I also realized that for me to learn behavior, I need to understand myself — and that way I’ll be able to respond truthfully.”
In the 1930s, Sanford Meisner was a member of the esteemed Group Theater, which boasted some of the leading actors, directors, and writers of the day. This is where Lee Strasberg developed his Method acting technique. Meisner, however, believed culling from one’s own experiences to generate an authentic performance was ultimately a self-indulgent and unhealthy approach to acting. Upon joining the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1935, he began to gradually develop the technique that would bear his name.
Today, the Meisner Technique is widely considered among the most productive and proven ways to teach acting fundamentals — and the Maggie Flanigan Studio is the home for elite instruction in this technique. To learn about the acting programs at the studio or apply to the Meisner Summer Intensive, visit http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/actingprograms/
About Maggie Flanigan Studio
We are proud to be NYC’s most respected professional actor training program. We welcome aspiring actors interested in going the distance with themselves; risk-takers who want to feel safe, nurtured, and yet pushed in a way they could have never imagined in order to fulfill their fullest artistic potential. Executive Director Charlie Sandlan and all of the faculty approach every day honored to be the caretakers of Maggie Flanigan’s artistic vision.
SOURCE Maggie Flanigan Studio