This week we finished our Meisner class. Fourteen brave souls meet with me starting in February and we did an overview of Larry Silverberg's The Sanford Meisner Approach Workbook One and a taste of Mark Westbrook's Truth in Action. While I wish we could have dedicated more time to each work, I'm excited by the things that we gained in this crash course.
During our time together, I watched students relax, freer to be who they are, because they stopped being so self-focused. One of our participants realized how they had been shutting themselves down emotionally because of working through the exercises. Relationships were strengthened and a measure of freedom was gained.
I am excited to continue to work with the participants. A few of them were doubtful that the repetition would make an impact on their acting as well as give them personal insight, but I am confident that it will. Learning how to focus on their partners, to be free to who they are as individuals, and to free themselves to react in the moment will bring a new level of truth into their acting.
I hope to offer an overview of Larry Silverberg's second workbook and a more in depth look at Mark Westbrook this fall to continue the work of growth as actors and as individuals! Work like this is why I love theater and hope that God allows me to be a part of it until the day I die- and maybe afterwards too!