(1) Tell Me The Truth: Dramatic Technique for the Young Speaker
The chief complaint that casting directors have with young actors is that they are robotic and inauthentic. Not surprisingly, this is the same feedback that audiences have after listening to a speech or presentation delivered by a dull and uninspiring speaker. We want to teach your child how to use their emotions and imagination to “Live Truthfully under Imaginary Circumstances.”
We want to do this before they develop bad speaking habits. Kids are able to tap into their emotions much easier than adults, because they haven’t been conditioned yet to hide them from the world. Nothing is harder to break than an adult actor with bad habits. Trust me. They have the hardest time unlearning bad acting “tricks”. I am going to call them tricks, these tactics were ineffective and far from being truthful and authentic.
So really we are breaking bad robotic trick habits and then replacing them with a set of tools. Tools, that will help your child to apply their emotions to the imaginary circumstances of a scene appropriately.
You keep hearing me say truthful and authentic. These are two pillars of good performing – for both actors and speakers.
So, what is the Meisner Technique?
Sanford Meisner is one of the foremost acting instructors of the twentieth centure. He Created a technique that is simple, direct and effective. It is a step-by-step, organic and healthy approach to the craft of acting.
Repetition is the foundation of Meisner. Teaching students how to listen and react. It creates a discipline and responsibility for the craft of acting. It also gives its students what they need to be ready and available on set.
This class offers an introduction to Repetition. It also provides a foundation for fun exercises that expand the imagination, along with grounding and relaxation exercises. Other exercises include independent activities, relationship, and emotional preparation.
This discipline and responsibility stretches to all areas of life. Walking away from this class your child will be a stronger speaker and at the same time will be a more self-aware human being.
(2) Improvisation: Participants explore the fundamental principles of improvisation through exercises in agreement, commitment, spontaneity, and collaboration. We’ll be focusing on developing group mind, creating unique characters, and exploring the most important tenet of improv (and life), “Yes And!” This experience will require students to take creative risks, tap into new forms of self-expression, and operate as a member of a supportive ensemble. Participants will walk away with a fundamental understanding of improvisation.
(3) Storytelling In The Courtroom: Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it. In this class, you’ll learn how to transform your real-life experiences into unforgettable performances that are so universal and identifiable for audiences that it will make them laugh and think.
You’ll learn the basic elements of telling a story, how to take a crowd by surprise and make them care, how to be real and truthful on stage, and how to discover and communicate the real meaning behind your experience. Classes will include verbal and written exercises, examples of performances from some of the finest storytellers, and various techniques and approaches to prepare yourself for a performance of your story.
Whether you’re a writer seeking to fine-tune your narrative skills, or someone who wants the confidence and ability to get in front of people and be heard – this class will help.
(4) Freeing the Natural Voice: Relaxation and release is essential to opening, freeing and ultimately strengthening your voice. In this class, you are becoming aware of how your voice and body carry habitual tensions and beginning to undo them. This is the start to freeing your breath and vibrations of sound. As your voice begins to loosen up, the next step is to develop resonance by sensing and spreading the vibrations through the bony hollows of your body. Once this connection is established we can move onto addressing deep tensions that develop in the jaw, larynx, and tongue and encourage your sigh to find a free and focused pathway beyond those tensions that filter your message. By giving your sigh of sound a clear passageway from the lower body all the way up through the mouth, you will be ready to begin to strengthen the voice and activate more expressiveness with the resonating ladder. In Voice 1 you will contact the chest, the mouth, and the teeth resonators and blend to find a warm, relaxed and focused connection between your thoughts, feelings and your voice.
(5) Debate: Everyone has opinions, especially kids! This is your opportunity to learn how to look at both sides of an idea and to debate it with the poise and confidence of a Senator! This class hones critical thinking and listening skills within a fun and positive environment.
(6) Individualized instruction: Call us for more information.