As a speech and dialect teacher, I work with students who are fully engaged in the Meisner Technique. One thing that makes a Meisner trained actor so distinct is in their ability to listen, and respond personally in every moment. My task is to help my students figure out exactly what they are trying to communicate with text, and how the WAY they speak can help them achieve their objectives. We do this by looking at the different ways in which arguments are structured. We look at rhetoric, culture, dialect, and musicality, and how these important clues help make the behavior they need to create as clear and vivid as possible. This specific type of text analysis is essential for an actor’s ability to create vivid, nuanced human behavior. The wonderful part of working with students steeped in Meisner training is their ability to bring depth and vulnerability to this important aspect of an actor’s skill.
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