The Meisner Technique


The foundation for strong Film & Television actors begins with a solid technique. In this class students will deepen their craft by engaging in the principles of the Meisner technique. Over the course of 6 weeks students will learn how to trust their impulses, hone their ability to listen & receive and dig into their preparation in order to be truly present in the work. While practicing the fundamentals of Meisner’s two seminal exercises, improvising under the imaginary circumstances and the word repetition, students will become free, specific and authentic in the moment to moment of their work and learn the true meaning of Meisner’s famous quote “An ounce of behaviour is worth a pound of words”. A true actor’s “workout”, this class will challenge each student to solidify the foundations of their work by immersing themselves in the process and discovery of the craft.

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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Dates: Tuesdays – May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 and 18, 2024
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Participants: 12
Fees: 1 month – $395 GST included – per person
Prerequisites: This class is an all levels class. A beginner’s scene study or film class prior to enrolling would be beneficial.
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:
    Students will learn the fundamentals of the technique and delve into the word repetition (which we will use at the start of every class as a springboard for the work). “An ounce of behaviour is worth a pound of words”

  • Week two:
    Students will work through their first independent activity or “IN” and learn the foundations for the Meisner Improv. “The foundation of acting is in the reality of doing”.
  • Week three:
    Students will learn to focus on the other person and respond “moment to unanticipated moment” while exploring the “OUT” and the knock at the door during their first Meisner Improv.
  • Week Four:
    Our exploration of the word repetition and Meisner improvs will continue with a deepened look at the preparation. “Why is the most important word in an actor’s vocabulary.”
  • Week Five:
    Improvs continue with a focus on working from instinct and impulses and not “saying ouch before you get the pinch”. “You don’t pick up cues, you pick up impulses.”
  • Week six:
    We culminate the class with assigned, scripted improvs. By discovering how the imaginary circumstances live through each actor uniquely, we learn that there is no “right way” to approach a scene and focus instead on how we find in ourselves “…those human things that are universal.”
  • Cancellation policy:

    • There will be no make up classes.

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