Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage



“Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage”

Instructor: Christine Crawfis

Dates: 10 Monday sessions from June 24 – August 26, 2019 (7PM – 10PM)

Students must register for all ten sessions in the series.

Cost: $100 for ten week session (includes texts) – workshop is open to Adults 18 and up only.


By  check; Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted

Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage is a series of ten (10) sequential skill-based workshop sessions to teach the fundamentals of acting & directing for the stage. Participating actors & directors will learn techniques on how to evoke natural, spontaneous performances. Participants will focus on detailed scene work as well as the practical and technical aspects of directing. The series will culminate in a presentation of monologues and ten-minute plays directed and acted by workshop students; this presentation will be open to the public at no charge. Previous training is not required.

The Meisner approach is for any artist, whether this is your very first acting class, or even if you’ve been in the industry for years. Utilizing a series of progressive exercises, participants will learn to trust their own instincts and live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Meisner discovered that listening and responding in the present moment is the most important thing an actor can learn. However, the actor’s self-consciousness works against him/her and causes the actor’s focus to remain on the self, rendering the scene dead.

Through a series of exercises, the actor can learn to shift his/her focus to what is happening in the world around them. The actor can then begin to work-off and truthfully react to what is actually happening, creating spontaneous and authentic life. Using the Meisner tools, participants will work to apply the technique to real-world scenarios, utilizing all areas of the acting/directing process.

Led by instructor Christine Crawfis, this workshop series fulfills County Players’ mission “To delight, educate, and challenge the community and to nurture creative expression, through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.”

The workshop is offered over ten Monday sessions from June 24 to August 26, 2019, from 7PM – 10PM. Students must register for all ten sessions in the series, and all sessions will be held at The County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 West Main, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

The cost for the ten-week workshop is $100 and includes scripts and texts, and is open to Adults 18 and up only.  Class size is limited; so please register early to secure your place.

Register online by using your MasterCard, VISA or Discover Card.

Or send a check to: County Players, ATTN: Directing Workshop, 2681 West Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590


If you require wheelchair accessibility, please contact our Box Office prior to registration at 845-298-1491.