The Meisner Acting Classes at Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre lay an important foundation for acting, utilizing Sanford Meisner's legendary acting technique. You will learn how to use your powerful emotional life to create believable characters. Each week, you will be guided through acting exercises that bring you closer to your emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. As Meisner puts it, "it's based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there is no mentality in it." These classes are recommended for actors of all levels who are serious about learning the craft of acting.
201: STAGE PERFORMANCE CLASS
In this 8-week class, you will continue to learn the essentials of truthful acting, utilizing Meisner’s powerful acting exercises. You will work on contemporary stage plays in collaboration with professional Directors, and will be required to meet for rehearsals oustide of class. This class offers a final showcase for Agents, Casting Directors, and friends to come see your work live on stage.
In this 8-week class, you will practice and develop the skills necessary for acting in films. You will learn how to break down a script, build believable characters from the ground up, and execute every shot from the “master” to the “close up.” Each week, you will shoot a new scene in class, utilizing playback to discover how to improve your acting with work that is specific and grounded in powerful storytelling. Teaching Artist Grant McGowen invites special guest Directors to work in collaboration with Actors, giving students invaluable on-set experience and a chance to work with seasoned professionals.
"Teaching Artist Grant McGowen, and the hardest working man in the theatre business, conducts courses into the finer points of acting, in this class he centers on the Meisner method... These actors are believable and do a good job of being vulnerable... For those of you that have a bucket list or are seeking a shift in careers, join in the fun and take a course from Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre."
-The Backstage Beat (read more)
"Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I'm excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch 'N' Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city's finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around."
-Atlanta InTown Paper (read more)
"McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... The name, "Pinch and Ouch, honors legendary acting coach Sanford Meisner, who taught that acting had to be absolute truth fully from the heart and soul... That, ultimately, could prove to be the strength of this theater group."
-East Atlanta Patch (read more)
"Edgy is the best word to describe Pinch N Ouch Theatre, a youthful group of dedicated actors shaking up the Atanta theatre scene since 2010. The unusual name is based on a quote from the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, who guided students to act truthfully. Founded and led by Grant McGowen, this troop of youthful artists lives up to Meisners standards, earning them the title of "The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta."
-Showguide Magazine (read more)
"Pinch N Ouch Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen teaches an intensive fourlevel approach to the Sanford Meisner acting techniqueknown for producing incredibly raw and authentic acting turns. Here, actors learn to trust their own creative instincts and develop the skills for truthful, truly vulnerable acting on stage and screen ...McGowen has ushered in an acting revolution in the Southeast with his intensive four-level Meisner Acting Immersion course.
-Backstage (read more)