Emotional Preparation Using Meisner Acting Techniques

byMaggie Flanigan

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Actors trained in the Meisner acting technique acquire a unique ability to engross themselves fully into the emotional “state” of the character onstage thanks, in part, to a practice known as emotional preparation. The actors job is to paint an emotional landscape that includes a wide range of the deepest human lusts, compulsions, conflict and feelings which make up the human experience. This is the only way to be interesting onstage.

Classes teaching the Meisner acting technique begin simply but, progress in a systematic way to a complex, multi-faceted discipline. Actors find a freedom in imagining and living out the strong emotions of a character onstage.

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