Meisner Acting Program

48 days Program based on the original program.
It was created at the Neighborhood Playhouse by Sanford Meisner.

including:

Acting is doing.
Doing is failing.
Failing is freedom.

The aim of the Meisner Acting Program is to let go of preconceived notions, patterns, blockages and become an emotionally free, self-confident and impressive actor. It’s all about developing and revealing openness, honesty, emotionality and power. You will step into who you are as an individual and learn to use your intuition and your instincts. Get in touch with yourself and understand, that you – yourself are the most precious tool that you have as an actor. Simply put: you will learn how to be you. In this program you will be guided by director and acting coach, Amélie Tambour, through a very intense journey of getting in touch with the art of acting. She will lead you through all ups and downs, always encouraging and supporting you to feel free to embarrass yourself, fail and ultimately set yourself free. Experiencing these steps embedded in a group of colleagues that are going through the same process, will be one of the most beautiful surprises of that journey.
Enhancing your body- and movement-skills through Alexander Technique is also a big part of the program. You will learn from your coach, Annedore Kleist, how to let your body support your emotions and thus help you behave freely and truthfully on stage; actively getting out of your own way. She will also introduce you to the art of embodied speaking, wich involves your body, your breath and your voice and brings everything together so that you can start to act as a whole human being on stage. Your mindset and transformation coach, Dafne-Maria Fiedler, will support your emotional development by helping you transform your fixed beliefs, negative thought patterns and dissolve blockages. In the final phase of the program you will do an „About Me Video“. A possibility to present yourself to the commercial market as your true, authentic self. Pure, authentic, strong, confident and motivated. At the end of the Meisner program you will get the chance to get in touch with a well known casting director/ agent for a Q&A.

Level 1 – Foundation

In the first part of the program you will learn the basic exercise, the so called „Repetition Exercise“. It is and will be the foundation of your work. You will learn to put your attention away from yourself onto your partner. The honesty and openness that you will experience in this early stage of the technique will already highly influence the way you act and present yourself in auditions and jobs.

Level 2 – Emotional Preparation

In the second part of the program you will learn to juggle exercises. You will continue working with the basic Repetition Exercise, adding elements of an artificial scenario, such as: circumstances, independent activities, moments before etc. You will focus on living truthfully under imaginary circumstances while working off your partners’ behaviour. Step by step you will gain emotional freedom and depth. Following your instinct and stepping into your own power is the aim of the second level.

Level 3 – Scene Work

The last step is to add text. You have built a step by step system that will be the foundation of your powerful, professional acting career. Already working on a high level of honesty, truthfulness and simplicity you will realize, that the most important ingredient that you always have to add is „yourself“. Stepping into yourself 100% and becoming a unique, individual artist.

Amélie’s Meisner Program has helped me be more confident and free on stage. I’ve rediscovered what it means to have fun, play and let go. The Meisner-toolbox is practical and exiting. Amélie has an incredible eye for honesty and detail and helps actors grow and be human again. It’s a real pleasure to work with her.

Amanda Mincewicz

Studio Tambour’s Meisner Program has been an amazing experience. The 42 day hands on workshop provides precise tools that are easy to apply. It’s all about finding the right balance between contact, instinct and decision making which are the key factors for delivering truthful and intelligent performances.

Torben Liebrecht

Amélie really went above and beyond to create an atmosphere for us to explore, engage and glow. The work feels raw, empowering and most of all fun – no matter where the scene takes you.

Daniel Anderson

Studio Tambour is my save space for “try and error”. And where would we get as actors, if we were not trying? Throughout my last classes in the Studio, Amélie Tambour made me become a better listener, and more truthfully present on stage /in front of the camera and… in real life too.

Philipp Boos

The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique supports you in becoming aware of your habits and giving you a choice to do things differently. It provides you with basic knowledge of functional anatomy, understanding of the nervous system and our innate mechanism of self-organization. We learn to be efficient and effortless in any given activity. It helps you to have the right amount of muscle tone throughout your body, freeing your breath and thus your emotions. While applying the Alexander Technique to the Meisner Exercises you will be able to discover, where you get in your own way, blocking your energy and stopping your impulses. The Alexander teachers hands will gently help you to come back to a free flowing state within your body, enabling you to simultaneously feel the connection to yourself, to your partner and the space around you.

Embodied Speaking

Embodied speaking means to communicate from the intelligence of the whole body. Including your partner and audience by sharing an experience, rather than giving information, you will be heard in a completely new way. You will come to a place in yourself , where you feel connected, calm and present; speaking effortlessly from moment to moment. In short you will discover for yourself, what you admire in great film acting. When you are on stage, instead of projecting or pushing, you will learn to turn up your volume by creating more space, letting your whole body resonate. You will learn how to shift your awareness from using your voice as an instrument, somewhat separate from yourself to a way of expressing yourself from your whole being.

Mindset and Transformation Work

In this part of the course we will take a closer look at our individual belief systems. We will tackle subconscious obstacles, that may hold us back from being present, confident and successful. This work will be a mixture of Mindset-Coaching and energy work – focusing on transforming old, destructive patterns and replacing them with new ones. All based on awareness and purpose. Practical tools will be given to support this work in the long run. Creating a healthy mind and reminding us how to stay in balance and maintain power over our own minds.

About Me Video​

At Studio Tambour you will find a style of “About Me Videos” that is totally pure, truthful and raw. You will present yourself as an artist, an actor, but first of all as a human being. Find out more on our YouTube channel: About Me Videos on YouTube

Headshot Workshop​

Our mantra: Learning by doing. You will get to work with professional photographer, Tom Wagner, exploring yourself in front of the camera. This will be accompanied by a Q&A in which Tom will answer all of your questions. Including: How do I find the right photographer for me? What can I expect from the photographer? How do I prepare for a photoshoot? How can I influence my image? What clothes do I wear? How do I choose them? One headshot will be yours, free to use. www.tomwagner.de

Q&A with a Casting Director/Agent

Getting a new perspective on the industry. In the Q&A you will get the chance to ask all the questions you have always wanted to ask an expert. Topics such as the following will be explored: difference between real life auditions vs. e-castings online presentation and social media how to follow up/ get in touch with business professionals importance of networking/ film festivals etc.

Schedule

48 days of intensive training will be offered in a time period of 12 weeks. Classes will take place: Tu, Wed, Thu, Fri, 10 am – 3 pm Classes will be held in German and English, (both languages concurrently, if required). Please bring comfortable clothes, a notebook and a pen. The next program will run from February until May 2022. Max. 8 participants. Price: 2.870,- € zzgl. 19% MwSt.

GVL

This program can financially be supported by the GVL.
https://www.gvl.de Registration required in advance via: zuwendung@gvl.de