You Were Taught Acting Backwards (Probably)
October 16, 2017
Acting as an Art
October 16, 2017

Ego & The Meisner Technique

I remember when my mentor, the great Meisner teacher Larry Silverberg told us from day one that whatever you think this method is, it’s so much more. Promise. I constantly rediscover deeper and deeper meaning in this statement.

I’m not sure Sanford Meisner knew just how deep his process went but I believe that when he came up with his method, there was something greater working through him. As such the method does the same thing for it’s students.

So let’s get to it.

Your ego is your biggest enemy — in your life and in your acting. Not ego as some self-inflated, prideful characteristic. Ego in its deepest sense. This thing that you have created to protect yourself from the world. From dangers that are mostly imaginary that are all based on past experience and the projection of your mind. This thing that tries to control you and everything that is around you.

The problem is that you don’t have control. In your life or in your work as an artist. You do not control others around you. You do not control what your partner might do or how they might do it.

Meisner understood this. He understood that for a true act of creation to occur, the actor must become as selfless as they can be. So the attention therefore must be taken off of themselves. It must be outward, which means that you must surrender control — but as mentioned, you never had control to begin with.

It’s a scary place to work from at first, but don’t worry, that’s just the ego. When you discover the rewards of working from a place of not knowing and instead a place of trusting, you will wonder how you did anything before.

You will cry out to take that leap into the unknown again and again. You will discover a pure joy of expression. You will discover creation working in you, through you and as you, and experience a true act of creation.

Evan C. Schulte

 My early years of training as an actor were met with moderate and humble successes.  I was considered for many great roles, my peers and teachers were active admirers of my work and I would even dare say I was a ‘pretty good’ actor among many talented individuals.  Still there was something that was missing. I often struggled to find who or what I was as an artist in this medium we call acting.  I wanted to, as they say, “lose myself” in a role.  The problem was that I never really knew what that was or what that meant.  Perhaps for a brief moment I would touch upon it only for it to disappear just as quickly.

 Again and again I would come up against this invisible wall, frustrated, angry and ever doubtful that I might never know true meaning in my craft.

Meisner was that missing piece.  A training that was often marginalized in my education up to that point and even ridiculed.  I discovered through my own experience that the technique was and is still greatly misunderstood.  To know Meisner is to experience it, which is where much of the confusion comes from.  All I can say is that it freed me -- took me beyond myself and everything I thought I knew about acting and in that space I discovered what might be considered a true act of creation and maybe even art.

Evan has been engaged in the art and craft of acting for over twenty years.  A former graduate of SchoolCreative and The True Acting Institute, he is an insightful and passionate teacher of the Meisner Technique which he learned under the instruction and guidance from renowned teacher, Larry Silverberg.

Evan believes in teaching through collaboration, inspiration and joy above all else, and in helping actors discover who they are as artists and creators.

I invite you to join us.


Evan C. Schulte
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Evan C. Schulte

Evan has been engaged in the art and craft of acting for over twenty years.  A former graduate of SchoolCreative and The True Acting Institute, he is an insightful and passionate teacher of the Meisner Technique which he learned under the instruction and guidance from renowned teacher, Larry Silverberg.

Evan believes in teaching through collaboration, inspiration and joy above all else, and in helping actors discover who they are as artists and creators.
The Players Creative Company believes that great acting is more than applied techniques and intellectual concepts.  We believe that great acting can be a transcendent experience, that can take us beyond ourselves, enriching all of our lives.

 This goes beyond technique.  This goes into the deepest part of ourselves.  A part that we rarely peer into.  A part that is full, alive and present.  A part that we seek to awaken.
    
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