Education

LEVEL 1: MEISNER FOUNDATION FOR STAGE, FILM, & TV ACTING

Next Class begins Monday March 6, 2017 from 7-10pm. It continues on for 12 weeks on Monday evenings from 7-10pm. Includes 12 practice sessions.

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Questions and inquiries, email Grant: grant@pnotheatre.org

Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

This 12-week class, taught by the critically-acclaimed Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre, Grant McGowen, lays the foundation for powerful, organic acting on the stage and screen. As you gradually begin to trust in your creative instincts, you will soon develop the skills necessary for truthful, believable acting. McGowen's students can be seen current productions such as The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, 24: Legacy, Stranger Things, Halt and Catch Fire, and many others. His students can also be seen working on professional stages such as the Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Horizon Theatre, Actors Express, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and several others. If you are serious about learning the craft of acting, this is the best place to begin.


LEVEL 2: STAGE PERFORMANCE

Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

(Prerequisite: Must complete Meisner Foundation.) In this 12-week class, you will continue to learn the essentials of truthful acting and will work on challenging stage plays in collaboration with other actors and professional Directors. This class offers a showcase for Agents, Directors, and Casting Directors. McGowen combines techniques from some of the most important teachers in American theatre such as Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Utta Hagen, Stella Adler, Constantin Stanislavski, and his own acting teacher Larry Moss. He gives you a better understanding of how to break down a script, build a character from the ground up, and inspire audiences with riveting storytelling.


LEVEL 3: ON-CAMERA ACTING & SCENE STUDY


Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen (bio)

(Prerequisite: Must complete Meisner Foundation.) In this 12-week class, you will learn the skills necessary for working on camera in film and television. You will learn how to break down a script, build a believable character from the ground up, and execute every shot from “the master” to the “close up.” Each week, you will shoot a scene in class and will utilize playback to discover how to improve your acting with work that is specific and grounded in emotional truth. McGowen combines techniques and influences from some of the most important acting teachers such as Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Utta Hagen, Stella Adler, Constantin Stanislavski, and his own acting teacher Larry Moss.


LEVEL 4: CONTINUING EDUCATION

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre offers a number of continuing education opportunities for advanced students such as Auditioning Technique, Directing for Film & TV, Directing for Stage, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Advanced Meisner, Scene Study, Viewpoints, and many others. You may be required to take prerequisite classes prior. If you’re interested in any of these classes, email Grant: Grant@pnotheatre.org for a class schedule.

Press:

"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

"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


"McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... that seems all too real... 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

"“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 Meisner’s standards, earning them the title of "The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta."”

-Showguide Magazine

"Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen teaches an intensive four–level approach to the Sanford Meisner acting 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


Testimonials:

"I love the open, creative incubator in which Grant and his classes operate. He seemlessly intertwines teaching the artistic and business aspects of being a professional actor in a way that is not heavy handed or aggressive; something that I feel many other programs suffer from. I really feel like we are all on equal ground creatively, and that is an imperative part of true art in stage and film. I was a Meisner actor before I ever even realized it, but it took a mentor and friend to finally help me to understand how I need to bring ALL of myself to a role, even the parts I don't like. That, and it helped me come to terms with, and be more confident in, what I have to offer a director. I'm still learning. But now that I have the tools of this technique, I love every second of it."

-Max Leroy Reed (imdb)

"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 (imdb)

“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 (bio)

“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 (imdb)

"The Meisner technique not only builds you a truthful foundation but it also helps you find out a lot more about yourself. You start to analyze your own true instincts - some you didn’t even know you had in you. Grant knows how to make you feel the “pinches” with emotional accessibility. As well as taking the “pinch” in and expressing how you truly feel instinctively. As humans we all build this wall blocking off our emotions because society tells us too. The Meisner technique teaches you how to break these walls down. It wasn’t as easy for me at first to tear down these defense mechanisms that took year to years to build. I would recommend this class to anyone who is seriously looking to build a truthful foundation for their career."

-Tajee Rosemin

"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

“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

“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

“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

“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

Media:

Teaching Artist Grant McGowen Bio

4 Reasons to Study Meisner in Atlanta | Backstage

Why Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre Is a Courageous Addition to Atlanta’s Performing Arts Scene

5 Great Atlanta Venues That Offer Actor Training

Creative Process: Pinch ’N Ouch Theatre Offers Youthful Enthusiasm and Edgy Fare

Meisner Acting Reels on Vimeo

Showguide Magazine: Meisner 101 by Grant McGowen

3 Lessons Great Actors Learned from Sanford Meisner

Sanford Meisner Biography

The Meisner Community: List of Meisner Based Actors

The Backstage Beat: Pinch 'n' Ouch Presents The Meisner Acting Class

Acting Is Not Acting…Learning The Sanford Meisner Technique In Atlanta

Why Meisner Acting is So Hard by Alana Cheshire

Pinch 'n' Ouch Meisner Acting Student creates "The Mother Load"

Stay Classy: Three Performance Courses to Take in Atlanta

Student Spotlight: Director & Actor Crystal Kim