Meisner Technique Masterclass w/ Mike Booth
A special 6 week Meisner Technique Masterclass for professional actors.
Over six weeks coach Mike Booth takes the actor through the main components of the Meisner technique. The great teacher Sanford Meisner revolutionised American acting in the 1950s by developing a simple approach that grounded the actor in moment-to-moment spontaneity and an emphasis on action, listening and responding. The technique is remarkably affective in getting you out of your head and freeing you up to perform with power and simplicity.
The course is broken down into three main stages – the Instrument, the Act and the Process. We devote two weeks to each of these stages and cover the following elements:
- Repetition Exercise – developing connectedness, impulsivity and listening & response
- Independent Activity – exploring the actuality of performing a task under a given set of circumstances
- Preparation – physical and mental exercises to begin your work in a state of aliveness
- Introduction to Text – how to approach scripts without pre-emptive biases and ideas
- QSI – How to convert written dialogue into spoken action
- Text Analysis – technique to break down scenes to find the deepest and clearest way into playing the role
- Rehearsal and blocking – get a scene on its feet and explore the rehearsal process
This series will equip you with the foundation of a rock-solid technique that will enable you to live truthfully under a given set of circumstances.
- Become more authentic and truthful
- Develop the muscle to allow impulsivity
- Build confidence – trust in self that you are enough
- Greater body awareness and control
- Technique to analyse scripts
- Mental and physical preparation techniques
Day: 6 x Thursdays
Date: 18th March – 22nd April 2021
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: The HubStudio, 18 City Road, Chippendale 2008
Participants: 14 Maximum on each workshop
Price: Members $372.00 inch GST (10% off for members)
Thursday 18th March 2021
Thursday 25th March 2021
Thursday 1st April 2021
Thursday 8th April 2021
Thursday 15th April 2021
Thursday 22nd April 2021
*Please arrive at 9.45am latest for a 10am start
How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.
About Michael Booth
At university, Mike performed in plays by Marsha Norman, Neil Simon, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Nicky Silver, Stephen Sewell, Edward Albee, Ted Tally, Tom Stoppard and Julian Mitchell. In that time he also wrote and directed his first short play, Crucial Pursuit, a rom-com about unrequited love and the game of Trivial Pursuit. His devotion to theatre led to his dropping out of his mathematics degree and attempting to become a playwright. At 19 he was selected to join the NIDA Playwrights Studio where his one-act play The Tunnel was workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference in Canberra under the mentorship of Stephen Sewell and direction of Kate Gaul. The same play became part of the Tamarama Rocksurfers’ first ever production at The Old Fitzroy, directed by Jeremy Cumpston.
Mike’s continued fascination with the art of acting led him to study in New York at the Atlantic Theatre Company, with teachers Karen Kollhaus, Robert Bella and William H Macy. Contemporaries in his class included Rose Byrne and Damien Walsh-Howling. Two years later Mike took up further studies in Chicago with Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His teachers at Steppenwolf included Austin Pendleton, Anna D Shapiro, Sheldon Patinkin, Tina Landau, Jeff Perry and Rondi Reed. This proved to be a life-affirming experience that galvanised Mike’s sense of belonging to the world of the theatre. Almost a decade later Mike would enjoy a personal career highlight when his own company was invited to perform his play That Old Chestnut exclusively for the Steppenwolf cast of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County in the green room of the Sydney Theatre.
Mike has co-founded three theatre companies and two film production companies. The Group Theatre, formed in 2002 with former actor Amos Szeps, enjoyed productions at Belvoir Street Theatre, The Old Fitzroy, Darlinghurst Theatre, as well as two legendary shows, Lord of the Flies and Hurly-Burly, at the Stables Theatre, directed by Iain Sinclair. For a decade Mike ran Cathode Ray Tube with fellow actors Jessica Wren and Alistair Powning, producing original work for the Old Fitzroy and the beloved Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst.
His writing and directing has expanded to the world of cinema, Mike’s other great passion. He collaborated with award-winning actor Damon Herriman on the short film The Hitch, a black comedy about a serial killer and a hitch-hiker, that enjoyed world-wide festival success. His feature film Mr Pillow, starring Andrew Henry, had its world premiere as a live stream during the 2020 lockdown. Mike’s latest feature film Thirty-Three, an adaptation of his play (co-authored with Alistair Powning), is in the latter stages of post-production and will play the festival circuit in 2021.
As a TV actor, Mike guested in the first three seasons of Packed to the Rafters and enjoyed notoriety as Harry, the eccentric housemate to Brooke Satchwell, in the Network Ten series Wonderland. He has further claim to notoriety in advertisement land as the revered and reviled Greater Union / Event Cinemas guy.
Mike has taught acting for over twelve years, both as a private coach and at schools around Sydney, including the Hub Studio and the Sydney Actors Association. His dedication to his own development has not wavered, having participated, audited and assisted five of Larry Moss’s Sydney masterclasses and recently completing the year-long module course with the Impulse Company in London.
Apply For The Course
Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to email@example.com or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.
If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.
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