Eva Pope and Bryan Oliver provide ongoing, weekly Meisner Technique training where actors discover a deeper understanding of their art and themselves.
We offer a space where actors can experiment, explore, dare and triumph. We nurture and inspire you to develop at your own individual pace, giving the time and devotion for you to truly absorb and implement this incredible technique.
We teach The Sanford Meisner Acting Technique - Repetition, Independent Activity, Knock, Emotional Preparation, Improvisation, Spoon Rivers and in-depth Scene Work.
"Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances" – Sanford Meisner
We teach you to discover the tools to access and develop the art of truly listening, absorbing and reacting - in the moment, organically and under imaginary circumstances. To get rid of self-judgment, to silence that critical voice inside that can sabotage. This technique will free you as an actor AND a human being. This class is a constant within the sometimes chaotic lives actors lead. We believe that the Meisner technique takes years to become a bone-deep way of acting. We provide that home base.
Between us we share over 20 years experience of the technique and have spent many more years working as actors, writers and directors.
We (Bryan Oliver and Eva Pope) trained under Meisner Teacher Jean Fennell.
Jean was not only an inspirational and gifted teacher but a very dear friend. Sadly she died in 2011, aged 59 and is deeply missed. We hope to honour her by continuing her teaching with our own added flavour!
Actors who have studied Meisner include Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Niomi Watts, Tom Cruise, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, James Gandolfini, Diane Keaton, Jon Voight, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Bridges, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Jo Van Fleet, Peter Falk, Lee Grant, Tyne Daly, Joel Grey, Sandra Bullock, David Morse, Eli Wallach, and many many more. Also directors Bob Fosse, Sydney Pollack and David Mamet.