2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

The Meisner Technique - a Demonstration

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Maeve Whalen, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

This session focuses on the technique of acting developed by Sanford Meisner (1905-1997), and how it evolved. Many people today are familiar with the Russian acting theorist Constantine Stanislavski (1863-1938), who was Sanford Meisner’s teacher and who collaborated with the playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Stanislavski was the first to implement a change in how actors approach theatre; his techniques and those of Meisner are similar in that they both enable actors to abandon the artifice of nineteenth-century acting and to achieve greater truthfulness on stage. I will discuss the similarities and differences of both techniques, while also demonstrating specific Meisner techniques I have learned after extensive study and implementation of Meisner in my own work.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

4-7-2015 2:15 PM

Panel

Film and Theater

Panel Moderator

Randall Iden

Field of Study for Presentation

Theater

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Apr 7th, 1:00 PM Apr 7th, 2:15 PM

The Meisner Technique - a Demonstration

Library 1st floor

This session focuses on the technique of acting developed by Sanford Meisner (1905-1997), and how it evolved. Many people today are familiar with the Russian acting theorist Constantine Stanislavski (1863-1938), who was Sanford Meisner’s teacher and who collaborated with the playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Stanislavski was the first to implement a change in how actors approach theatre; his techniques and those of Meisner are similar in that they both enable actors to abandon the artifice of nineteenth-century acting and to achieve greater truthfulness on stage. I will discuss the similarities and differences of both techniques, while also demonstrating specific Meisner techniques I have learned after extensive study and implementation of Meisner in my own work.