Making Deep Connections – Meisner and Emotional Preparation


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The belief that actors are just pretending when they work is a myth. In actuality, actors are immersed in and using real emotions and authentic actions drawing from a library that they have created. Of course, anything that has personal meaning can be used, but it must be translated and imagined into a fuller, more truthful story, the “emotional life” of a character. Sanford Meisner’s students have the phrase “acting is doing” ingrained because this was the core of his teaching. Actors are not free to commit fully to doing anything onstage, including focusing on the other actors, unless they have done extensive preparation emotionally.

Read more about emotional preparation here: Emotional Preparation

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