New Mexico Acting Studio offers a variety of classes including Scene Study, Monologue Workshops, Private Coaching for Auditions, Children's Classes and Improvisation. We also direct you in a scene and monologue for a customized Actor's Reel, a must on every dedicated Actor's List. It is our goal to raise awareness to the film industry that we have top of the line talent right here in New Mexico ready to take the film world by storm!!
Instructor Holly Adams offers classes in acting using mainly the Meisner technique, gleaned from over 30 years spent training and performing professionally in the performing and dramatic arts in San Francisco, New York, Montreal, Internationally and in over 20 films.
With a rich imagination and full commitment to the circumstances, our students use their individuality to create character. When you can fully surrender to the truth of living in the moment, the audience is right there with you!
Meisner's unusual techniques were considered both unorthodox and effective. Actor Dennis Longwell wrote of sitting in on one of Meisner’s classes one day, when Meisner brought two students forward for an acting exercise. They were given a single line of dialogue, told to turn away, and instructed not to do or say anything until something happened to make them say the words (one of the fundamental principles of the Meisner technique). The first student’s line came when Meisner approached him from behind and gave him a strong pinch on the back, inspiring him to jump away and yelp his line in pain. The other student’s line came when Meisner reached around and slipped his hand into her blouse. Her line came out as a giggle as she moved away from his touch.
The goal of the Meisner technique has often been described as getting actors to "live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." The technique emphasizes that in order to carry out an action truthfully on stage, it is necessary to let emotion and subtext build based on the truth of the action and on the other characters around them, rather than simply playing the action or playing the emotion. One of the best known exercises of the Meisner technique is called the Repetition exercise, where one person spontaneously makes a comment based on his or her partner, and the comment is repeated back and forth between the two actors in the same manner, until it changes on its own. The object is always to react truthfully, allowing the repetition to change naturally rather than by manipulation.
Sandy Meisner quotes:
"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances."
"The foundation of acting is the reality of doing."
"You know it's all right to be wrong, but it's not all right not to try."
"There's no such thing as nothing."
..."Less is more!"
"An ounce of behavior is worth more than a pound of words."
"Silence has a myriad of meanings. In the theater, silence is an absence of words, but never an absence of meaning."
"May I say as the world's oldest living teacher, 'Fuck Polite!'"
"Find in yourself those human things which are universal."
"Acting can be fun. Don't let it get around."
"Every little moment has a meaning all its own."