Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
In this 8 week class, you will learn the basic foundation of acting. As you gradually start to trust your instincts, you will learn how to listen and respond "truthfully under imaginary circumstances." This class will help guide you toward a successful career as an actor on both the stage and screen.
Sunday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
PREREQUISITE: Must complete Meisner Foundation Class. In this 8 week class, you will continue to learn the techniques that are vital to truthful acting, specifically on the stage. You will learn to work collaboratively with other actors and directors and apply the Meisner technique to challenging scenes. This class showcases the final scenes in front of a live audience, where casting directors, agents, and producers are invited.
Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
PREREQUISITE: Must complete Meisner Foundation Class. This 8 week class is devoted to acting specifically on camera. From TV sitcoms to independent film, you will learn the techniques to effectively execute a master shot, a long shot, a two-shot, and close up. You will be paired with a partner and apply these techniques to challenging scenes. Students leave this class with an optional demo reel which will be professionally produced oustide of class.
Saturdays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen
PREREQUISITE: Must complete Meisner Foundation Class. This 8-week class is devoted to truthful writing for stage. It unblocks the writer from unimaginative pitfalls such as over-thinking and over-analyzing and brings the artist back to his/her unique voice as a writer. Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre's first ever playwriting program will lay the foundation for writers, inspiring them to create powerful and moving new plays that will transform into actual productions.
“This class has pushed me and continues to push me. I came into Meisner having no real ideas about it and I never thought I would connect so well with a technique. Grant does a great ob of breaking everything down and guides you through the steps each one at a time. Whenever I leave class I feel drained, because Grant forces me to work harder every time. I am challenged every class, which I love! Grant does a great job of not sugarcoating and he gives it to you straight. He wants his students to succeed and he is going to point out if you can stretch yourself farther emotionally. Even if you are skeptical about the technique I encourage people to at least audit a class. You don't know it unless you try it!”
-Jackie Costello, Actor in No Soliciting, Let’s Be Cops, Speed-the-Plow, Some Girl(s)
“Grant McGowen’s Meisner classes helped enrich and deepen my career as an actor, director, choreographer and playwright and did much more. It gave me valuable perspectives on an approach to acting that is both inspiring and practical - along with some new skills to utilize for both stage and film work. I enjoy the challenge of the work and its goal - to live truthfully in imaginary circumstances on stage and in film. Grant is a generous and gifted teacher as well as a demanding one. Each of these qualities is much appreciated. The practice sessions that are offered in addition to the classes are invaluable. I highly recommend these classes.”
-Sandra Hughes, Director, Playwright, Choreographer, Actor in Doubt
“At first, I was hesitant to sign up for the class because I felt as if I would feel out of place, already having a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. What actually happened was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I learned so much and really felt a sort of transformation in myself! The other people in the class, even some whose first acting class it was, taught me things as well. They inspired me. The environment of the entire process was incredibly beneficial to be a part of. I've developed a more visceral approach towards acting, one less focused on the intellect and more focused on instinctual spontaneity. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to study acting, whether experienced or beginner, Meisner technique is such a transformative and informative approach.”
-Mario Avani, Actor
"The moment I heard that acting is 'the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances' I was assured I was in the right place, and will forever hold that with me. I would absolutely recommend this class, especially to those that are serious about acting. This class is awesome and I can't WAIT to start working next class."
-Lauren Coleman, Actor
“I took away a lot from Meisner Level 1, such as acting is closely tied to natural impulses and NOT thinking. Don't let it come from your head, but from your heart and perhaps even groin. And you need to listen and respond truthfully, no matter what that may be. I would recommend this class to any actor, or actor-to-be. I'm intrigued with Meisner acting, thanks to this class. I will continue to study it beyond this class.”
-Margaret Lamb, Actor
“The Meisner Technique gives you tools that you can use to become more connected to the circumstances you are given. I highly recommend taking this class! Grant is one of the best teachers ever. He rocks!”
-Kori Stokes, Actor in No Soliciting
“I have gained so much knowledge already especially about being in the moment and just responding to the person your in a scene with. I am very excited about future classes.”
-Janice Wesley, Actor
“I took away a deeper understanding of the principles and techniques of emotionally-connected acting. I found having to connect with a good variety of new people the most challenging, and rewarding. This class is lots of fun, and a great way to meet new people. I would definitely recommend this to class.”
-Sebastian Davis, Actor in Heavy Water
“It was nice to have a fresh perspective on the technique, because I had taken it before. I was familiar with a lot of the material; however, there are some things we did that were completely new to me. It was exciting to deepen my understanding of it, and put it all into practice. I really did enjoy taking classes at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch and would love to take the On-Camera class again.”
-Liz Schad, Actor in Assistance