Pretending and Emotional Memory


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Looking to eliminate the practice of “pretending” in acting, one of the goals of the Meisner technique is to help actors to learn to “do” in the moment. Actors must learn how to commit to actions and dialogue quickly, deeply and truthfully so there is no chance to focus on yourself or get distracted as you “watch yourself” act. “Doing” creates specific moments, and real people living those moments onstage. In fact, the true character is only revealed in the process of “doing” the play.

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