Mondays from 7-10pm; Saturdays from 12-3pm

To audit and schedule an interview:

Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen

This 12-week class, taught by award-winning Acting Teacher Grant McGowen, lays the foundation and the discipline for powerful, organic acting. As you gradually begin to trust in your unique creative instincts, you will soon develop the skills necessary for truthful, believable acting. McGowen's students can be seen on proffesional stages, in movies, on TV, and have been awarded in Acting, Directing, Playwrighting by the Emmys, Grammys, Suzi Bass Awards, and many others. If you are serious about learning the craft of acting, this is the best place to begin. 


To audit and schedule an interview:

Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen

(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 proffesional Directors. This class offers a showcase for Talent Agents, Directors, and Casting Directors. 


To audit and schedule an interview:

Teaching Artist: Grant McGowen

(Prerequisite: Must complete Meisner Foundation.) This 12-week class is devoted specifically to on-camera acting. You will work in collaboration with professional film Directors to produce powerful short films. You will learn how to break down a script, build a character from the ground up, and execute every shot.


"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, Actor

"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), Wall Street Wedding


Photo by Drake Simons. SOME GIRL(S) by Neil LaBute. October 5-21.

Posted by Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre on Sunday, September 30, 2012


“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 in Water By The Spoonful, Next Fall

"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


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