"This is the absolute best training I've ever done and I can't recommend it highly enough”
~ Chloe Massey, Cambridge and LAMDA graduate, actor, voice over artist, writer
Why train with Both Feet?
Firstly, The Meisner Technique is a seriously powerful tool that all actors should have a firm grasp of. It is a simple technique which will impact your work in a way we struggle to put into words. Whilst there are many classes in London, we are one of the only teachers of the technique in the North of England.
Continued training with us is on an invite only, case by case, basis. We run small classes (8-10 depending whether we're working on text or not) which means we need to ensure our room is made up of the right energies and fit.
Our working relationship with casting directors and other specialists trainers means we can offer additional courses and masterclasses alongside our in-house training.
Our regular weekly classes ensure actors who have trained with us can keep their responsive skills at their highest possible level, making sure you are always ready to work when the opportunity arises. We don’t just teach ‘the technique’, we also ensure that you know how it translates on the job, after all, what’s the point in learning something that you can only use in a class environment?
Most importantly, we 100% trust the work we teach and we are invested in you. Our priority is guiding actors through a technique which enables you to be healthy, happy actors - we don’t believe in the “break them down to build them up approach” but we will push you to be the best actor you can be.
Join us: become part of the Both Feet community, linking up actors who’ve trained in the Meisner Technique all across the UK.
Don't just listen to us though, see what our students are saying and have a read of our article in The Stage to get a feel for our teaching approach.
About The Meisner Technique
The Meisner Technique is a powerful and respected approach to acting taught in most major drama schools across the world. It teaches you how to: unleash truthful, emotional performances; let go of self-consciousness; expand your acting range; build self awareness and develop the ability to act moment to moment.
The technique was developed from the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky by Sanford Meisner who stated that everything you need to play a scene can be found in your partner. It’s taught via a series of sequential exercises taking you on a step by step journey very much like when you learn an instrument or a foreign language. It is highly popular in the U.S. thanks to Actors such as Steve McQueen, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Keaton and Sandra Bullock and writers such as David Mamet and Arthur Miller.
The exercises are designed to shift your attention from yourself onto your playing partner, specifically their behaviour, simultaneously bringing you into the present moment and freeing up your true responses: What your partner makes you do and not what you want or choose to do. Later a further set of exercises helps you to understand what it means to live in the given circumstances provided by the text and your director. Finally a further set of techniques (cold reading, text analysis etc) will help you to make organic discoveries about the texts you have to play and also just what those given circumstances are.
Once you've learnt those basics then we get to delve into more complex given circumstances like character (impediments, being under the influence, physical differences etc), different directorial methods and languages, acting to camera and of course auditions.
There is a common, and frustrating, misconception that The Meisner Technique is just repetition. It is not. Our training isn't about making you good at repetition (the training exercise), it is about helping you be as employable as possible - the repetition exercises are simply to tool to get you there.