Acting Intensives

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The Intensives

The Gately/Poole Acting Intensives are the foundation of The Gately/Poole actor training program. These intensives are for actors interested in pursuing a professional career in acting. The student must discover an experiential understanding of the through-line of The Gately/Poole Meisner Technique.

New on-line classes are an exciting addition to our core Gately/Poole training program. The classes meet 3 times per week in 8-week segments with both afternoon and evening sessions available. The core Meisner technique is used with innovations that bring it into the 21st century.

Training in Film & Television is included, along with Voice/Speech and Physical Technique/Movement Classes.

Goals of the acting program for stage, film and television

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  • Provide in-depth training on the fundamentals of the Meisner Technique
  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge to cultivate an actor of authenticity, theatricality, and range in both realistic and period material
  • Eliminate the physical and vocal restrictions that reduce an actor’s emotional, expansive, and expressive behavior
  • Strengthen the ability to identify, and address his or her individual needs in the classroom and in practice
  • Instill and inspire in each actor their own unique, distinctive style as a performing artist

The goals of the acting program will be accomplished through:

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Instilling and inspiring in each performer their own distinct style as an actor

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Practical, experiential lessons in navigating this layered and progressive technique with clarity, depth, and nuance

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The development of acting, through lessons in the philosophy of this art form in larger contexts

Tier 1

The 1st Tier of The Gately/Poole Meisner Technique

Repetition

  • Allows students to inhabit shared experience in an unanticipated, authentic interaction.
  • Exercises are advanced through various Changes and Lessons in Points of View, which intensify into heightened experiences.

Dramatic Imagination

  • Lessons that engage each student’s entrance into the world of the dramatic imagination, illuminating pathways unique to each actor.
  • Through dramatic imaginings, create actions, obstacles, and justifications.

Activities - Action work

  • Great care and time is given to the study of action work. This work answers the imperatives:
    • What are you doing?
    • Why are you doing it?
    • What do you hope to achieve? (In action, there is always a conflict.)

Text Work

  • Once the improvisation has advanced, vulnerability, authenticity, and expansive behavior, are woven into a carefully selected scene.
  • The scene work gives students the chance to apply their early acting technique to a script.

Tier 2

Tier 2 of The Gately/Poole Meisner Technique

Heightened Situation

  • Building on TIER 1, the improvisation advances into a whole array of heightened and life-altering circumstances.

Relationships

  • These situations are built around powerful, dynamic relationships, and are lived-through authentically, compellingly, and theatrically, with actions created through the dramatic imagination.

Advanced Contact Improvisation

  • Developing advanced contact-interplay, through silence and true provocation, the stage has been set for the moment-to-moment, deeply connected, viscerally experienced work of this technique.

Text Work

  • Students develop advanced situational scene skills, using dynamic relationships and life-altering circumstances, with a sophisticated array of actions, and live through them experientially, in moment to moment interactions.
  • The scene work gives students a chance to explore heightened circumstances, to live-through, vividly and personally, the highest range of human experiences.

Tier 3

Tier 3 of the Gately/Poole Meisner Technique

Character Study and Poetic Realism

  • Building on the previous level, the imperative is now to learn to live and inhabit characters in a wide variety of human experiences, to transcend the conventional and to create the sublime – A new, profound approach to building a character.

Nursery Rhyme

  • Using nonsense text to teach clarity, connection, and creativity, these texts inspire color, invention, and a wide variety of interpretations, a necessity for vibrant auditions and self-direction.

Scene Study (all periods, all genres)

  • Realistic and Period styles by Master playwrights become the focus. Building upon the lessons mastered in Tier 1 – 3, students now learn the essential skills of self-direction, aided by sequential lessons in research, analysis, clarity and character, using realistic or heightened language.

Text Work

  • Final preparation as students move from the classroom to the workplace.
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