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meisner technique for improvisers

A new online mini-course.

Sanford Meisner was an actor and acting teacher at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York who developed his own style of teaching known as The Meisner Technique. Over the years he worked with a diverse range of actors and directors including Sydney Pollack, David Mamet, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Gregory Peck and more.

From all the techniques in “serious” acting we’ve found The Meisner technique the most helpful for improv, and it’s also been the most popular topic at our online drop-ins, so we’ve developed this mini-course for improvisers who are keen to know more.

Meisner technique helps create a strong emotional connection between you and your scene partner, even when online, as you find everything you need is with the other person.

Through repetition exercises you gain an increased awareness of the emotional and physical offers from your scene partner, and the liberating ability to spontaneously act on impulse with pure honesty.

Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

Using Meisner in improv means there is no longer a gap between what the improviser is thinking and what the character is thinking, and all thoughts, feelings and impulses are put into the scene there and then.

It’s liberating to say what we see, what we think, and what we feel in the present moment without filter and turn these into intense and fun scenes.

We’ll be looking at Meisner concepts like living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, repetition, emotional calls, pinch ouch, specific activities and emotional preparation to bring scenes to life.

dates, time, location

2 day mini-course:

Dates:

Friday 4th December and Sunday 6th December 2020, 7pm – 9:30pm: BOOK NOW

Friday 22nd January and Sunday 24th January 2021, 7pm – 9:30pm: BOOK NOW

Friday 26th March and Sunday 28th March 20201, 7pm – 9:30pm: BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm both nights.

Teacher: Steve Roe.

Price: £40.

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.

Ages: 18+

Only suitable for people with previous improv experience. If you haven’t got previous experience it’s best to start with our earlier level beginners improv course first.

The above course is online:

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you a log-in for the zoom chat.

3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.

4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link.

5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.

teacher Steve Roe

Steve Roe is the Director and Co-founder of Hoopla and has been teaching improv for over 14 years.

Steve creates a friendly, fun & supportive atmosphere in workshops where people are free to play and be themselves.

Steve has experience of teaching beginners, experienced improvisers, stand ups, drama school students and professional actors.

He has also taught improv at East 15 Drama School, Imperial College London and Oxford University, and to various corporate clients including Accenture, Google, Facebook, Comedy Central, Apple, BBC and ITV.

In 2010 Steve founded the UK’s first ever improvised comedy club at The Miller in London Bridge, helping to create a vibrant community of performers and audience.

Hoopla’s Improv Comedy Club was recently recommended by Time Out, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and The Londonist.

Steve has studied improv with Keith Johnstone, Charna Halpern from IO, Patti Styles from Improv Melbourne, Shawn Kinley from Loose Moose, The Annoyance, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Fooling with Jonathan Kay and Clown with Mick Barnfather. He has also studied Meisner with Salon Collective, City Lit, Act Up and Actor’s Temple.

Steve regularly hosts Hoopla’s nights at The Miller, as well as performing, producing and directing various groups across the London improv scene. Steve also produces and directs Hoopla’s house team programme.

He continues to support countless other shows that have popped up from Hoopla workshops and is influential in growing the UK’s improv scene.