Acting On Impulse: The Meisner Technique With Scott Williams

29 Jul 2017
10:00:00 -  17:00:00

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Scott Williams will lead a one-day workshop for experienced actors* in the techniques of performance created by Sanford Meisner. What is it? In a fast-paced, intensive day, you’ll explore in depth Meisner’s techniques for Living Truthfully Under a Given Set of Circumstances. How will it work? You’ll have the chance to practice and be guided through a few simple and powerful exercises which focus on Meisner’s concepts that what happens to the actor depends on what the other person does. This “pinch-and-ouch” approach is the heart of what we mean by living truthfully. What do you get out of it? You’ll gain an insight into a profound and powerful new way of approaching acting, and you’ll take away tools you can use on your very next job. Scott Williams trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and has been teaching these techniques for 40 years at his London-based home, The Impulse Company, and all over the world.

*Please note: This workshop is for experienced actors who have completed a tertiary acting degree or have worked as an actor full-time for three years.

Bio of host:
Scott Williams founded the Impulse Company shortly after he arrived in London in 1996. In the years since, he has led the expansion of the company into a full-time training and performance organisation, and continues to increase the impact of The Company's ideals into the arts world of the UK and beyond. Scott hails originally from California. He began directing at 17. At 19, he moved to New York City to study with Sanford Meisner at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre and went on to secure a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Dramatic Literature at San Francisco State University. After his move to London and the founding of The Impulse Company, Scott has continued his multi-dimensional schedule of teaching and directing. In addition to an expanding schedule of teaching for Actors Centres throughout the UK, he has taught in France, Hong Kong, and across the USA. He has also directed for other companies, including original productions of Five O'Clock Angel starring Nichola McAuliffe and the musical Inkle on Yarico. Recently Scott become associated with the work of New York playwright Stuart Spencer, directing productions of Resident Alien and Alabaster City, and London and New York productions of Painted From Memory. For Scott's full biography visit: http://www.impulsecompany.co.uk/who-we-are/scott-williams/

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