Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

The Meisner Technique lays a foundation for acting, bringing the actor closer to their emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. As the great acting teacher Sanford Meisner put it, "it is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart." Each class, you will be guided through powerful acting exercises, giving you the ability to access your inner emotional life to create believable characters in engaging storytelling. The Meisner Technique is recommended for serious actors who are looking to delve deeper into the craft of acting. In the past century, this legendary technique has been taught to many Award-Winning Actors, Directors and Writers alike. It continues to be a staple in the acting community and is at the core of many of the esteemed acting schools in the country. Schedule an interview today by emailing Grant,



Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

Since 2010, Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre has garnished a reputation for producing exciting new plays in Atlanta that are rooted in powerful acting and written by some of the most prolific contemporary playwrights working today. In this class, you will continue to learn the essentials of “truthful” acting, utilizing Sanford Meisner’s legendary acting technique. “Don't give a performance. Let the performance give you," Meisner would say. “On the stage, public solitude is what we want. That is an actor's ability to appear private in public.” In collaboration with Directors and other actors, you will rehearse and perform in stage plays that will be showcased in front of a live audience. The Stage Performance class is a perfect introduction to theatre for new actors, and an opportunity to sharpen the skills of stage acting for experienced actors. Schedule an interview today by emailing Grant,



Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)   

Don’t let the word “theatre” in Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre fool you. Our On-Camera Acting Class is one of the most comprehensive filmmaking programs, not only giving students an opportunity to learn how to act on-camera, but a considerable understanding of the filmmaking process as well. As an actor, you will learn how to break down a script, create believable characters, work in collaboration with Directors, and execute every shot from the “master” to the “close up.” You will learn about crew positions, the basics of film editing, and how to work on a professional set. We invite special guest Directors into class to work on scenes, giving students invaluable on-set experiences. All of your work is archived on a private Vimeo channel, giving you the ability to download your footage and edit scenes from class. Schedule an interview today by emailing Grant,


"Teaching Artist Grant McGowen, and the hardest working man in the theatre business, conducts courses into the finer points of acting, in this class he centers on the Meisner method... These actors are believable and do a good job of being vulnerable... For those of you that have a bucket list or are seeking a shift in careers, join in the fun and take a course from Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre." 

-The Backstage Beat (read more)


"Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I'm excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch 'N' Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city's finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around."

-Atlanta InTown Paper (read more)


"McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... The name 'Pinch and Ouch', honors legendary acting coach Sanford Meisner, who taught that acting had to be absolute truth fully from the heart and soul... That, ultimately, could prove to be the strength of this theater group."

-East Atlanta Patch (read more)


"Edgy is the best word to describe Pinch N Ouch Theatre, a youthful group of dedicated actors shaking up the Atanta theatre scene since 2010. The unusual name is based on a quote from the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, who guided students to act truthfully. Founded and led by Grant McGowen, this troop of youthful artists lives up to Meisners standards, earning them the title of The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta."

-Showguide Magazine (read more)

"Pinch N Ouch Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen teaches the Meisner technique, known for producing incredibly raw and authentic acting turns. Here, actors learn to trust their own creative instincts and develop the skills for truthful, truly vulnerable acting on stage and screen ...McGowen has ushered in an acting revolution in the Southeast with his intensive four-level Meisner Acting Immersion course."

-Backstage (read more)