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

MEISNER!

Just what the hell is this Meisner thing?

My friend it is not what you think it is and it is more than you think it is.  It’s remarkable that this training is still somehow so under the radar for how long it has been around and for how many amazing actors continue to come out of this approach.  I find Meisner is treated with an  almost “that’s cute” attitude from many elites of craft and training.  Few have legitimately laid themselves at it to know the gifts that come from such a unique and almost eccentric methodology.

I, as you may have guessed, am a fan.

Meisner has and continues to reveal its seemingly endless depths to me.  I have no reason to believe it will not do so for as long as I speak it’s virtues, of which there are many.

Repeat.

Such a simple idea.  This is where I lovingly roll my eyes.  Yes.  Repeat.  Repeat the last thing that was just said to you.  That’s it.  At its mechanical core, that is what it is.  I’m not sure you would call it an acting “technique” in any way.  What it does do?  It returns you to a state of being.  To fully live  and experience a moment as it’s happening with another human being.

This would sound a little new agey if it weren’t made by a man in the 1930’s.

Some may feel resistance to what I’m saying, I can only share what my experience of it taught me.  I’ve witnessed it in action firsthand and I have breathed the freedom it offered.

Freedom on the high wire.  Sanford Meisner famously compared acting to doing a  high wire act.  A most unusual comparison.  Most of my other teachers talked about tennis and boxing.  Not Meisner.

A high wire.

Because it’s about stepping out into an unknown.  Showing great attention, courage and focus — strong and malleable — aware of the tiniest of movements and to respond in kind with full trust.  Trust in your ability to be present and trust in your partner to be there.  Hopefully they’re not trying to hit a ball at you or punch you in the face.

Though if they do, your trust in presence will guide you to the truth and you don’t really know what that is.  If you’re paying attention you just might find out and it’s probably more amazing than you could have ever come up with on your own.

This is what they mean when they say an actor must have a “relentless pursuit” for the truth.  Except it’s not really a pursuit.  It’s not out there to go and “get”.  It’s right in front of you waiting for you to notice it.  All you have to do is open up to let it in.

Does that sound liberating?

It is.  It really fucking is.

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
Founder & Instructor
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.
    
 Journey into an experience of acting that is unlike anything you’ve ever engaged with, and will change your perceptions of what it is you do as an artist.

Actors Trained In Meisner:
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Sam Rockwell, Alec Baldwin, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Meloni, David Duchovny, Diane Keaton, Eli Wallach, Grace Kelly, James Caan, James Franco, James Gandolfini, Jeff Bridges, Jeff Goldblum, John Turturro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Watts, Stephen Colbert, Steve McQueen, Sydney Pollack, Tina Fey
Get The Book Now

The Actor’s Awakening


Mauris rhoncus orci in imperdiet placerat. Vestibulum euismod nisl suscipit ligula volutpat.
DOWNLOAD NOW