I started taking classes on Monday at an acting studio called William Esper Studio. I'll be blogging about my pursuits and stuff about acting, obviously anything interesting that comes up will be written here. My main class consists of ~20 students, ranging from 20-30 from all different backgrounds, etc. The main idea of the school is that acting, like anything else, has fundamentals and should be taught from the ground up. The theme of the school is Meisner's theme, that acting is "doing truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
The first class consisted of a repetition exercise in which two people say the same thing to each other, only changing the phrase under a few conditions:
1) They change a word to make it a truthful statement (e.g. "I have a blue hat" becomes "you have a blue hat" to the other person)
2) They change a word based on their instinctive reaction to the repetition. However, change that is made up from your mind to create dialogue is not acceptable. Everything has to come from instinct.
The class went pretty well, the exercise is more difficult that it sounds because you have to fight your temptation to put in a clever response or make your own intonation to make it more interesting. The idea is to bring out the truth, which is more interesting than anything we can fabricate.