Advanced Meisner: On Camera


“Acting in a scene is like paddling a canoe from a pebbly beach on to the river, the writer builds the canoe, and the actor provides the river. The river is the actor’s thoughts and emotions.” –Sanford Meisner

In this class students will learn how to apply the Meisner technique to on camera scenes from film and television. Each week students will be assigned a new scene encouraging them to explore the authenticity of their own behaviour and the freedom and specificity that comes from broadening their application of Meisner’s emotional preparation to the text. This class will further enhance the actor’s ability to use their imagination to build the world of the imaginary circumstances of the scene, digging deeper into Sanford Meisner’s philosophy that acting is “living truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”. In class we will incorporate the Word repetition, one of Meisner’s fundamental exercises, into the on camera work to deepen the student’s connection to their impulses and hone their ability to focus on the other actor, moment to unanticipated moment. This class will challenge each student to take their work to the next level and to fully immerse themselves in the world of the text while learning how to work on camera with nuance and specificity.

Prerequisites: This class is an advanced class. Meisner level 1 and 2, or an equivalent Meisner class, is a prerequisite. Instructor approval required for registration.

Stacie Harrison

A graduate of the BFA program at the University of Calgary, is a director, actor, producer and acting instructor with over 25 years of experience. Stacie was a Primary Instructor at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio in Calgary for 20 years and has taught countless students throughout Alberta and BC. She is the co-founder of Any Road Productions and was the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Valley in Cochrane, Alberta.

Stacie’s Film & Television credits include ‘Damnation’ (USA Network), ‘Wynonna Earp’ (Syfy), ‘Heartland’ (CBC/NETFLIX), ‘Jann’ (CTV) and ‘A Bridesmaid in Love’ (Reel One Entertainment). Some of her favorite credits include the upcoming feature film ‘Faultline’, The Convos Show (Convos with my 2 Year Old), ‘Marlene’, the Telus Original series ‘Realization’, ‘Who Is Riley Oakes’, ‘The Great Fear’, ‘Dryland’ and ‘My Misspent Youth’ (w/ award-winning filmmaker, Cam Christiansen/Anlanda).

With an extensive directing & assistant directing resume, Stacie has done countless productions with well-known theatre companies like Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, New West Theatre, Theatre Calgary, FUSE TC, The Shakespeare Company, Dark Forest Theatre, and Seraph Theatre.

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers recently awarded Stacie the first inaugural ‘Stinger Award’ for Best Actress for ‘Faultline’.


“Stacie’s Meisner class has revolutionized my approach to character work, scene study and even auditions. I have learnt so much about following impulses, taking risks and trusting my fellow actors, all in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. Stacie’s years of experience and positive approach have made this such a refreshing class for me. I highly recommend it!” – Karrie Drake

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SKU: Advanced Mesiner Category:


Dates: Thursdays – May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Participants: 12
Fees: $395 GST included – per person
Prerequisites: This class is an advanced class. Meisner level 1 and 2, or an equivalent Meisner class, is a prerequisite. Instructor approval required for registration.
Where: Suite 216, 1118 Homer Street, Vancouver. Safety protocols in place.
Ample parking on Richards between Helmcken and Davie.
$1/hour with a 3 hour maximum

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What we will cover:

  • Week one:
    We will review the fundamentals of the technique and explore new levels of the word repetition (which we will use at the start of every class as a springboard for the work). Students will explore their first piece of text, learning how to apply the emotional preparation techniques to the given circumstances of the scene they are given. “Don’t be an actor. Be a human being who works off what exists under imaginary circumstances.”
  • Week two:
    Students will put their new scene on its feet and learn to balance working off of the other actor moment to moment while exploring the text. “You don’t pick up cues, you pick up impulses.”
  • Week three:
    Students will discover how their focus on the other person in the scene informs their own impulsive response and pushes the scene into unexpected places that ultimately intrigue and inspire the audience. “Act before you think – your instincts are more honest than your thoughts.”
  • Week Four:
    Our exploration of the scripted material continues as we discover how specificity in preparation allows the scene to be present, full and alive.  “The only way to deal with yourself as an actor is to follow the emotional truth of what you have to do under the imaginary circumstances. And as you develop you become confident. You come to believe in what you’re doing and trust it because it’s out of you.”
  • Week Five:
    Our scenes this week focus on digging into what is driving the scene and allowing the character to live through you. We learn how your own understanding of need and conflict encourage behaviour and specificity in the work. “If you want to reach every person in the audience, it’s not about being bigger, it’s about going deeper.”
  • Week six:
    We culminate the class by exploring the relationship between need and conflict and how the two work against and for each other in a scene ultimately creating dynamic, alive performances full of inner life and behaviour. “Every little moment has a meaning all its own.”

Cancellation policy:
There will be no make up classes.

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