LocationIn person (Teras Athens, Theodoritou Vresthenis 45, Athina 117 43)
CommitmentFull Time (10am-4pm)
Dates13-24 November 2023
Application DeadlineOctober 13th 2023
Course LeaderRobyn Paterson
Under the guidance of NFTS’ highly qualified teaching staff, the students will be given an in-depth presentation of Acting for the screen. The course will give the opportunity to students to further develop their knowledge and skills to follow successful careers as Actors.
This course will be delivered by Robyn Paterson studied at the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland New Zealand. She then studied under one of Sanford Meisner’s graduates, Michael Saccente, in Auckland for three years before studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, otherwise known as the Meisner School, in New York in 2011.
She started teaching acting with Performance.net in Auckland New Zealand, before moving to Sydney Australia and teaching at The Sydney Drama School, Point Break Drama School, Bright Sparks Performing Arts Academy while also acting professionally in film and television. In 2014, she moved to London where as well as acting, she began to teach the Meisner Technique.
In 2018, she founded and became the sole director of The London Meisner Company in London. She currently coaches at the company’s two premises in Richmond and Brick Lane. She is also a frequent lecturer on Meisner at Roehampton University, Kingston University and Royal Holloway University with both the drama and film maker departments. As well as lecturing on Meisner, she also teaches On-Screen Acting at London South Bank University.
She has also lectured at Waikato University in New Zealand and has had interest to lecture at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, in Sydney.
She has also previously worked with Talent Scouts New Zealand, Barefoot Casting Agency in Auckland and with Nomad Postproduction House in London as a talent scout, casting assistant and assistant producer.
Robyn is currently one of only two coaches located in London who has studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, as well as with one of Sanford Meisner's graduates.
The Meisner Technique is widely regarded as theatre's best kept secret – helping actors get out of their heads to behave instinctively to the surrounding environment and therefore become alive, responsive and emotionally truthful. This short course programme based around the principle of the Meisner technique will help you stop acting, pretending, and demonstrating emotion and will instead get you listening intently and following your impulses and instincts.
On this 10-day course you’ll find your acting skills will be elevated to the next level as you work both on and off camera, moving through every aspect of the Meisner Technique and learning how to drop the bad habits that stop you from being honest in your performance. You will cover Single Word Repetition, Calling on Behaviour, Independent Activities, Knock at the Door, Emotional Preparation before moving into scenes, scripts and monologues.
Full days of training will include learning and participating in the Meisner Technique in the morning and then applying what you’ve learnt with specifically designed on-camera and theatre exercises in the afternoon.
Previous acting experience is desirable. Applicants from other fields should demonstrate passion for pursuing a career in film or TV as Actors.
They would also need to be 18 years old or over and have a good command of the English language, as the course will be delivered in English.
How to apply
The applicants need to complete an online application form, in which they will elaborate on their professional background, education and experience and explain what their goals are and why they are applying for the course.
Application deadline: October 13th 2023
Maximum student numbers would be 12.
No fee applied.