Units

UNIT

Introduction to Meisner

by Ruthie Tutterow

This unit is meant to be an introductory crash course in Meisner techniques that are targeted to younger students. It serves as an overview and a “dip in the pool” of what Meisner is about. Many times, students don’t get past the initial repetition exercises; this unit goes a couple steps beyond so that students can begin to get a true taste of the nature of Meisner training.

We are skipping many steps of Meisner training to get to some actual scene and monologue work using the basics of what preliminary Meisner work can open up for your actors. Going through this unit will give your students a good grounding in acting in the moment and playing off one’s partner as well as more confidence in trusting their impulses.

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Virtual Introduction to Meisner

by Ruthie Tutterow

This unit is meant to be an introductory crash course in Meisner techniques that are targeted to younger students. It serves as an overview and a “dip in the pool” of what Meisner is about. Many times, students don’t get past the initial repetition exercises; this unit goes a couple steps beyond so that students can begin to get a true taste of the nature of Meisner training.

We are skipping many steps of Meisner training to get to some actual scene and monologue work using the basics of what preliminary Meisner work can open up for your actors. Going through this unit will give your students a good grounding in acting in the moment and playing off one’s partner as well as more confidence in trusting their impulses.

This unit has been adapted for teaching in a virtual environment.

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Lesson Plans

LESSON PLAN

Truth and Spontaneity

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will make discoveries about truth in acting. They will also do some exercises where they must make a spontaneous rather than a preplanned response for the exercise to be successful.

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LESSON PLAN

Repetition Class 1

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will start the process of letting go of their need to control the moment and learn to let moments happen.

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Repetition Class 2

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will continue to use repetition exercises to learn how to be present and work off their partner. They will begin to “tune” to identifying the reactions of others.

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LESSON PLAN

Repetition Review and Activity Prep

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will use repetition to start working off of one another. This time, they will add observations of each other’s behavior. They will learn about how to select a task for the next step of acting work. Adding tasks will help students practice the duality of reacting and doing at the same time.

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Really Doing What You're Doing

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will do some improvisations with repetition and tasks in order to practice the duality of reacting and doing at the same time.

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Preparation

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will learn some Meisner-based techniques for preparing for acting monologues and scenes.

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LESSON PLAN

Meisner Scene Workshop

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will put their preparation together with fully doing an activity and playing off their partner in scenework.

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LESSON PLAN

Truth and Spontaneity

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will make discoveries about truth in acting. They will also do some exercises where they must make a spontaneous rather than a preplanned response for the exercise to be successful.

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LESSON PLAN

What is Meisner About?

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will start the process of letting go of their need to control the moment and learn to let moments happen. They will also learn the central ideas of what Meisner training is about.

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LESSON PLAN

Repetition Class

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will continue to use repetition exercises to learn how to be present and work off their partner. They will begin to “tune” to identifying the reactions of others.

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LESSON PLAN

Repetition Review and Activity Prep

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will use repetition to start working off of one another. This time, they will add observations of each other’s behavior. They will learn about how to select an activity for the next step of acting work. Adding activities will help students practice the duality of reacting and doing at the same time.

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LESSON PLAN

Really Doing What You're Doing

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will do some improvisations with repetition and activities in order to practice the duality of reacting and doing at the same time.

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LESSON PLAN

Preparation

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will learn some Meisner-based techniques for preparing for acting monologues and scenes.

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LESSON PLAN

Meisner Scene Workshop

by Ruthie Tutterow

Students will put their preparation together with fully doing an activity and playing off their partner in scenework.

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