_Sundays and Wednesdays from 7-10 PM
(NO CLASS SEPT. 21)
Instructor: J Chachula
The Meisner Intensive: Level I is a twelve-week program of acting training based on the work of Sanford Meisner, Larry Silverberg, and William Esper. Students are taken step by step through a unique, improvisational exercise that trains them to be thoroughly and truthfully responsive, grounded in deep, personal meaning, and passionately engaged in action. Make no mistake: students are not simply told what's missing in their work, they are guided through the work. It is absolutely practicable: a technique designed to keep you out of your head on stage.
We start by learning Meisner's foundation exercise, called Repetition, then gradually add more complex elements to create an improvisation that has all the elements of a scripted scene, except the script. Then we bring in simple scripted scenes, and the course ends with the performance of these scenes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the classes like?
The atmosphere is fun, supportive, and healthy. You can also expect to be surrounded by other committed students, since I'll be doing everything I can to ensure the integrity of the group. Class size will be limited in order for each student to participate fully. If you've taken classes from Flying Machine in the past, you're already familiar with our teaching style. We are sensitive and compassionate people dedicated to adding something wonderful to the world. The Meisner classes are fun but intense. You can expect the experience to be thrilling and frustrating and liberating and scary. It's one of those experiences that defy labeling.
What kind of time commitment is required?
There are two (2) three-hour classes per week for approximately twelve (12) weeks. In addition, students are required to work with partners (of their own choosing) outside of class several times per week. This is challenging but doable for most people. It's necessary because regular practice is essential when you're learning new skills. If you are involved in a production during this time you will not have the time or attention for the Intensive. You'll have to choose one or the other!
What's the application procedure? Do I have to audition?
There is no audition. We're not interested in your talent, only your willingness to work. There is a simple registration form to fill out and a short interview, which can be done over the phone. You can also obtain a registration form by emailing J. Chachula at firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the interview is to determine if this is the right class for you. It's not for everyone. If I know of a class better suited to you I will be happy to refer you. If we agree to begin work together, a deposit will be required to hold your place in class, since space is limited.
Alright, how much?
$460. A deposit of $50 is required to hold a place in the class.
Where is the class held?
The classes are held in two Raleigh locations, situated just a few miles from each other. On Sundays we meet at Raleigh Charter High School (1307 Glenwood Ave.), and on Wednesdays at Cardinal Gibbons High School (1401 Edwards Mill Rd).
Is the class appropriate for teenagers?
The class demands a certain level of maturity. You must be at least 17 years old to take the class, or a graduating high school senior. 15 and 16 year-old students may be better suited for The Meisner Weekend Intensive and/or Improvisational Theatre.
Is the class appropriate for older students?
If you're serious and willing to work, we welcome students in their 50's, 60's, and beyond!
What if I have to miss a class?
Most students will have to miss a few; that's just life. But there will be a limit to the amount of classes you can miss and still remain in the program. Too many absences compromise your experience and growth as well as that of the partners who will depend on you. It's as if you're committing to doing a play. You can't just casually skip a rehearsal or a performance, and the same is true here.
Director and Instructor
Flying Machine Theatre Studio
"I was surprised by how powerfully my emotions were charged. I was utterly stunned more than once…These little moments of intimacy were awesome. You were a joy to work with! Thank you so much. I am looking forward to working with you some more!"
"I was a little unnerved by some of the things I did, but I'm glad I did it. I hope I continue to do things that unnerve me."
"A class worth taking and worth my recommendation. You have a keen eye for what's obstructing a student."
"We were not only able but expected to always only work from truth. I was surprised to find that we weren't ever "acting". That made me feel stronger in what I was doing because there was less pressure to perform. The element of truth throughout made the biggest impression on me. I did some things during activities that I would have never guessed I'd ever do. And was rather impressed by what I saw my classmates do. At some point or another I raised a brow for each one of my classmates. I was surprised mostly by my allowing myself to follow some impulses I had. I'm one of the most inhibited people I know but I let a lot of that go through the class. Not only was it therapeutic to me, it was a pleasant surprise."
"It has been so helpful to me because I've had these basic ideas articulated to me so clearly. It's making a difference to me in my teaching."
Robin Monteith, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Greensboro College
"Thank you so much for this class and all the guidance and support. It's been my 'emotional yoga'. I'm sure there's some Sanskrit word for it but that's what Meisner is for me."