Meisner for Improvisors Class

Theatre Momentum is offering a new class!

Theatre Momentum is adding to our curriculum with our newest class, “Meisner Technique for Improvisers”

We’ll be taking 8-10 students for an 8-week class on Thursdays 7-10pm, August 1st – September 19th.

Every improviser seeks the same things in their performance: authenticity, spontaneity, truthfulness, connection, vulnerability. But do you know how to recognize those states when you’re in them? Do you know how to truly live those places in your own scenes, or are you just “going through the motions” of being real? Do you know how to recognize your own bad habits, or are you coasting on tricks?

This intense and profoundly personal class starts with the human being – your blocks, your emotional freedom, your sense of truth – and will help you learn to:

  • Find and break down your own individual blocks to honest and spontaneous expression
  • Push the limits of your ability to respond to your partners in a deep, truthful way
  • Open up to possibilities of real emotional connection you never knew you had
  • Discover how to consistently get out of your head and respond in the moment

This course is designed with the dramatic improviser in mind, but the skills learned can be equally helpful with grounded moments in comedic improv, or in scripted acting. We will be using the Meisner Technique repetition exercises along with unique dramatic improv scene-based exercises during class.

The goal of this class is to intensify the impact of your performances and allow you to express the full and unvarnished range of human emotion while on stage. It is designed to push you hard but not to break you, and is taught with awareness of and sensitivity to the impact on the human being inside the actor. Students are expected to attend all classes and rehearse once a week with a partner outside of class.

For a deeper dive into exactly what Meisner Technique is about, read this interview with master teacher William Esper (founder of the Esper Studio in Manhattan, one of the premier Meisner schools in the country).

Great! We ask that students have a minimum of 6-9 months of training or performance in either improv or scripted acting, as this intensive class is most effective with a base of performance experience to build from.

Not sure if it’s right for you? Try a FREE INTRO WORKSHOP!
Come get a taste of the Meisner Technique for Improviser curriculum and see how it sparks your interest at one of our FREE INTRO WORKSHOPS. No experience or commitment necessary!

Sunday, July 7th 1:00-3:00pm
Saturday, July 27th 1:00-3:00pm

Spaces are limited, so please sign up in advance! (You do not need to take a workshop to take the class – it’s just there if you want it!)

Register for a Free Workshop! Click here!

How much does this whole thing cost?
The class costs $180 for 8 weeks of instruction. You can reserve your place with a 50% deposit, with the balance due prior to the first day of class. This is not a drop-in class series, so you are expected to show up for all classes.

Discounts are available for Theatre Momentum ensemble members and alumni, current students, and interns. Email for details!

What time are classes?
All classes are 7-10 PM, August 1st – September 19th.

Meet the Instructor!

Allison Asher (Ensemble Member)
Allison Asher has been teaching Meisner Technique for a decade, having trained in the discipline during her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University with instructors who studied themselves directly under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and William Esper at Rutgers University.

She has worked locally as an actor (Rites and Sacrifices, Idle Muse; Akvavit Theatre), and dialect coach (Genesis Theatrical Productions; Idle Muse Theatre) as well as in regional theatres in Texas, New Hampshire, and California for over 20 years. She has studied improv and scripted acting at iO, the Annoyance, Second City, the Hideout Theatre and the Institution Theater in Austin. Texas, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Stella Adler Studio in New York, and the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, among other places.



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