Acting Meisner Masterclass
Together with VZW Start2Wonder we are organising a 3-day acting Meisner Masterclass in Belgium at the end of October 2022.
In this 3 Day Intensive Masterclass, You will be introduced to the philosophy behind Meisner Technique with an in-depth look at the fundamental training exercise 'Repetition'. This is suitable for both new and professional actors, and indeed anyone with a willingness to approach the work with curiosity and a passion to become a truthful and spontaneous actor.
We will cut through the bullshet so you can experience first hand what it means to ‘act truthfully’.
For anyone that is interested, (not obligatory) there will be a yoga class at the end of Saturday and Sunday sessions. This will be given by a certified yoga teacher.
A wealth of experience as a professional actress & presenter for over 20 years, Ashlie has worked extensively both as a Performer & Acting Coach, specialising in Meisner Technique. Ashlie is a highly respected international Teacher having worked as the Managing Director at the world renowned Actors Temple, London and as a Course Tutor at both The Actors Academy, Finland and Studio Azot, Paris.
As an acting coach, she focuses on unlocking the actors' instinct for truth, elevated by dramatic choices in performance. She guides actors to deepen their understanding of the craft, experience emotional freedom, build their actors' faith and, perhaps most importantly, to take risks.
Alongside teaching, Ashlie is a Personal Transformation Coach, which expands her capacity to work with and empower her actors on and off stage.
The Meisner technique is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to "get out of their head", such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment. To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the underlying emotion. In the Meisner technique, there is a greater focus on the other actor as opposed to one's internal thoughts or feelings associated to the character.
Sanford Meisner said that his approach to training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there’s no mentality to it.”
learn to live in the moment as an actor, and let go of any idea of result. Learn what it means to really “do” and to respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your partner. Through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response learn to resonate authenticity within a given circumstance. Only in this way will you begin to understand the definition of real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”.
“If you want to reach every person in the audience, it's not about being bigger, it's about going deeper.” - Sanford Meisner
Friday 28th Oct. 7pm-10pm
Saturday 29th Oct. 9am-6pm (with one hour lunch break)
Extra: 6pm - 7pm: yoga
Sunday 30th Oct. 9am-6pm (with one hour lunch break)
Extra: 6pm - 7pm: yoga
Studio Groene Vallei
Early birds (until 9th Oct.): 359 euro
Normal price: 419 euro
Maximum of 12 participants.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us.
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The Meisner technique was my first introduction to acting – it’s deep, challenging and wonderfully rewarding. The first thing I realized was how much I get in the way of myself so a lot of the work is about learning to get out of the way, learning to let go, learning to listen. It’s fun but intense!
Justin G. Gibson, Actor
Ashlie's teaching ignited my passion for the craft of acting. She approaches teaching with an inspiring level of dedication, patience and compassion which she then, inevitably, instills in her students.
Fola Evans-Akingbola, Actress
Ashlie’s uniqueness above others is in her highly sensitive intuitive awareness and emotional accuracy and understanding. Her way to direct is gentle, yet never lets you off the hook to underachieve your best potential at hand. The best features in a coach an actor and human being could ask for.
Nita Arpiainen Advanced Student @ Actors Temple/ Founder of Actors Academy Finland
She made me feel safe 100%. It’s the only way to learn with the guidance of a teacher who has acquired a deep understanding of the technique.
Gill Broderick Advanced Student @ Actors Temple
Ashlie's intuitive nature, warmth and forthright guidance helped me develop as an actor, and the lessons I learnt under her tutelage remain with me in my daily work.
Mairead Reynolds Advanced Student @ Actors Temple
Working with Ashlie was inspiring and motivational. She is a wonderful coach and a teacher and really takes you on a journey. She has great attention to detail and really pushes you to reach high. Her techniaue helped me both in my qacting career and personal life.
Dajana Fifield – actress
The Meisner experience with Ashlie was eye-opening for me not only from an actors point of view, but also from a human being’s point of view. Ashlie's brilliant way to teach and how she guides away from controlling the scene is something to experience.
Jani Airiainen Workshop Student @ Actors Academy
It was transformational. In the end it all made me learn heaps about not only acting but myself as well. It’s come up in most acting related situations that “why go to therapy when you can go to acting class”, but Ashlie’s course took it to a new level. Hands down, I would give the workshop a 10/10.
Timo Utterström Workshop Student @ Actors Academy
“I am marvelled by this practice of learning how to really listen and see a fellow human being. This has made me much more aware of my own insecurities, defences, longing to connect, to be seen and heard and also my ability to really connect! Ashlie as a teacher is just in another league!”
Jenine Edward Workshop Student @ Actors Academy
Ashlie is skilled professional. She gave individual attention, presence. The environment was safe. The course gave me a strong and different understanding of acting - and definitely a more appealing way of acting. I grew as a person and as an actor.
Slava Dugin Workshop Student @ Actors Academy
Ashlie's workshop just induces those kinds of feelings that you start to believe you can accomplish anything you desire. Which, I gotta admit, is not easy for a person like me with a fair share of self-esteem issues in the past. Her frank and pure demeanour and willingness to show all the insecure feelings herself, too, is a strong catalyst for extraordinarily fast mental growth.... If you are a human being, please take that course. Give yourself a better life.
Kaisla Puura Workshop Student @ Actors Academy Finland