I believe it is my job as a teacher to make sure my students learn how to learn. How to ask questions. How to work from “the ‘you’ you don’t know” as Meisner says. Technique, and specifically Meisner, is about creating actors that are not self indulgent in any way. It is unique in the sense that it cuts through the bullshit immediately and forces you to put your focus on the other person, not yourself. You realize much more quickly and organically that everything you do depends on your need for the other person because they are important. We dismiss people and ourselves constantly in life. We cannot in drama, or what’s the point?
What is the mission of The Cold Reading Series?
The Cold Reading Series (CRS) is committed to supporting and developing the talents of Vancouver’s story tellers – writers, actors, and musicians alike – by providing a forum where they can present their craft to a live audience and get instant feedback.
How did The Cold Reading Series get started?
In 1993, Angus Fraser arrived back to Vancouver from NYC with a mission. He’d been attending the Naked Angels event called Tuesdays at 9, which was a venue for NYC playwrights to hear a couple of scenes of a new play they were working on out loud in front of a live audience. The scripts were all cast with whoever showed up, which happened to be some of the greatest actors in NYC. The feedback was instant from the audience reactions in the moment.
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