Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia

The heart of the Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia at the Meisner Studio Philadelphia lies in the Meisner technique training developed by Sandy Meisner. A member of the legendary Group Theater of the 1930’s, Meisner created a way of training actors that is rooted in truth and the artist’s imagination. The work begins with a very basic repetition exercise that starts to hone the actor’s ability to really listen, answer, and respond.

The First Year: Core Fundamentals

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Scene Study Class – Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia

Over the nine months that make up the first year of training, the work evolves into a deeply rich improvisational exercise encompassing all of the fundamentals of acting. The actor then brings this work to three rounds of scenes during the first year. The goal is to bring the exercise work to text. The exercise is of no value if the actor cannot bring the fundamentals to scene work. In addition, the actor will learn how to identify the previous circumstance of a scene, how to emotionally connect to it, and how to craft an acting relationship.

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"No one in this business will take you seriously if you have not committed to your art. Good looks and personality are not the keys to artistic success."

Charlie SandlanExecutive Director, Head of Acting


The ability to act truthfully under imaginary circumstances is the standard that good actors strive to achieve. How an actor accomplishes this is the goal of First Year: learning to create a truthful reality, understanding how to craft personally and specifically, as well as harnessing your ability to daydream, in order to create organic, vivid behavior. Art is personal, and springs from the artist’s point of view. This is no different for the actor/artist. When given a script and a role, the actor’s job is to find his/her personal way into the material. If not, the work will be shallow and indicated. For this to be possible, to be an actor with true dimension, one must have an emotional temperament that is easily accessible. First year provides the actor the opportunity to lay the foundation for the character work that comes in second year.

The Second Year: The Script and the Character

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Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia – Students Working in Class

If first year of the two year acting program is like putting money in the bank, Second Year is learning how to spend it. What does the actor do when her/his straight response is not the character’s? Second year gives her/him the tools to solve this problem organically. Character work is the highest form of acting; the ability to step into the shoes of another human being and illuminate the human condition in all its aspects. Script interpretation and character development is the core of second year work. Another important component is teaching the actor about the rehearsal process, and providing an understanding of what will be expected professionally.

While working on major roles from the best playwright’s, the actor puts all of his/her training together over a demanding nine months of work.

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Students Rehearsing Scene – Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia

The goal of the two year acting program is to instill in the actor a craft, a way of working that will serve as the floorboard for their talent. A process that will support them for what is hopefully a long career. Martha Graham said “Technique will set you free.” This is our belief as well. Our hope is that you will emerge from this program with not only a craft, but an appreciation of acting as an art form, a solid work ethic, and an inviolate sense of truth.

The Maggie Flanigan Studio is open to all students who have a serious desire to develop their craft as professional actors. The studio has the highest professional standards and students must be able to work within a creative environment that is constantly demanding artistic excellence.

In this video James talks about his experience in the two year acting program

Apply to the Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia

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Two Year Acting Program Southwest Philadelphia Includes Commercial Acting Classes

To complete your application for the two year acting program, go to our application page: Apply to the Two Year Acting Program. If you have questions or you want more information about the two year acting program, call the studio today at (215) 600-1669.

Two Year Acting Program Philadelphia Pa

Meisner Studio Philadelphia provides professional Meisner training and instruction for students and actors from these areas of Philadelphia: Southwest Philadelphia, Avenue of the Arts, Callowhill, Chinatown, Elfreth’s Alley, French Quarter, Logan Square, Naval Square, Jewelers’ Row, Market East, Old City, Museum District, Penn Center, Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, Penn’s Landing, Society Hill, South Street, Washington Square West, Midtown Village, South Philadelphia, Bella Vista, Central South Philadelphia, Devil’s Pocket, East Passyunk, East Passyunk Crossing, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Girard Estate, Greenwich, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne, Italian Market, Little Saigon, Lower Moyamensing, Marconi Plaza, Moyamensing, Newbold, Packer Park, Passyunk Square, Pennsport, Two Street, Point Breeze, Queen Village, Schuylkill, Sports Complex, Tasker, Wharton, Whitman, Wilson Park, West Passyunk, Southwark, Graduate Hospital, Southwest Philadelphia, Angora, Bartram Village, Clearview, Kingsessing, Eastwick, Elmwood Park, Hedgerow, Mount Moriah, Paschall, Penrose, Southwest Schuylkill, West Philadelphia, West Philly, Belmont Village, Carroll Park, Cathedral Park, Cedar Park, Centennial District, Dunlap, Garden Court, Haddington, Haverford North, Mantua, Mill Creek, Overbrook, Overbrook Park, Overbrook Farms, Parkside, Powelton Village, Saunders Park, Spruce Hill, Squirrel Hill, University City, Walnut Hill, Woodland Terrace, Wynnefield Heights, Lower North Philadelphia, Brewerytown, Cecil B. Moore, Hartranft, Ludlow, Poplar, Sharswood, Spring Garden, Stanton, Strawberry Mansion, Yorktown, Fairmount, Northern Liberties, Upper North Philadelphia, Allegheny West, Fairhill, Glenwood, Hunting Park, Nicetown-Tioga, Bridesburg, Fishtown, Harrowgate, Kensington, Port Richmond, Andorra, East Falls, Wissahickon, Roxborough, Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, Germantown, Morton, Wister, Cedarbrook, East Oak Lane, Feltonville, Fern Rock, Koreatown, Logan, Melrose Park, Ogontz, Olney, West Oak Lane, Northeast Philadelphia, Burholme, Castor Garden, Crescentville, Fox Chase, Frankford, Holmesburg, Juniata, Lawncrest, Lawndale, Lexington Park, Mayfair, Northwood, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst, Ryers, Tacony, Wissinoming, Academy Gardens, Ashton-Woodenbridge, Bustleton, Byberry, Crestmont Farms, Krewstown, Millbrook, Modena Park, Morrell Park, Normandy, Parkwood, Pennypack, Somerton, Torresdale, Upper Holmesburg, Winchester Park

To learn more about all the classes and programs that we provide for Philadelphia working actors and students visit this page: http://meisnertechniquepennsylvania.com/meisner-studio-southwest-philadelphia-pa/

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