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.
Goals of the acting program for stage, film and television
- 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:
Instilling and inspiring in each performer their own distinct style as an actor
Practical, experiential lessons in navigating this layered and progressive technique with clarity, depth, and nuance
The development of acting, through lessons in the philosophy of this art form in larger contexts
The 1st Tier of the Gately / Poole Meisner Technique
- Allows students to inhabit shared experience in an unanticipated, authentic, moment to moment interactions.
- Exercise is advanced through various Changes and Lessons in Points of View, which intensify into a heightened experience.
- 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.)
- 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 of the Gately / Poole Meisner Technique
- Building on TIER 1, the improvisation advances into a whole array of heightened and life-altering circumstances.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.