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Words From Our Hosts
"I was most impressed by Jillian's connection with each student as she worked with them and by her command of the space. Everyone felt safe, confident, and ready to work. My colleague told me afterwards that Jillian's workshop was the best use of Meisner he'd ever seen for musical theatre."
"Jillian showed my musical theatre majors how to apply this technique in such a nurturing, challenging, and engaging workshop. She emphasized trusting your preparation while being present in the moment and she used her acute power of observation to address each individual. All this in the virtual medium, which was really remarkable."
AKA Talent Agency
"Meisner in Music is the missing puzzle piece to being successful in the room. It allows you to stand out of the vast crowd, showcasing the truth and honesty to the story you are telling through song. The moment you step into Jillian's workshop, you will know you are taking the right steps towards bettering your craft, brand, and overall career."
"Jillian is a profoundly compassionate & impassioned instructor. She empowered my students to access deep emotional authenticity within minutes. Any actor working at any level will find Jillian and her work an invaluable addition to their toolkit, as both a performer and educator."
Not just tips, but tools
Meisner requires marination. The goal of each of our workshops is not just for artists to have breakthroughs, but to feel that they are leaving with new tools that they may continue applying on their own. We do this with the following structure:
Introduction & Repetition
We start by centering, introducing, and welcoming all participants. We then discuss what Meisner is and how it can apply to acting while singing. Finally, we begin with one of the pillar exercises of Meisner, used to get singers into the habit of listening, focusing outside of themselves, and letting themselves go: Repetition.
Application & Explanation
We apply the Meisner technique to song. Each workshop can accommodate as many as 10 singers per day & as little as two. In this section of the workshop, we emphasize the importance of the Meisner belief that "Acting is the reality of doing," the power of living in the moment, and the freedom that comes when we trust what we're feeling and let go of trying to control.
Discussion & Questions
In both the singing application and final discussion, we will cover topics such as preparing outside the audition room, what to do when you do need to think about the voice in technically-challenging sections, and staying out of your head after doing in-depth preparation on a piece or a role.
Not just a class, but an experience
Participants of our workshops get to dive right in and play with the simplifying, magnetizing Meisner technique. We laugh, we often cry, and we get deep into the things that hold us back from being our authentic selves while singing.
Not just about singing, but being
There’s a reason that when we watch actors like Viola Davis, Olivia Colman, and Anthony Hopkins, we see them just being, leaving themselves alone and doing so little and yet so much: they’re Meisner-trained. Leaving ourselves alone to find freedom to sing is all we’re working toward in our workshops. We discuss psychological shifts when we sing and draw parallels between the Meisner technique and research-backed grounding tools that get us out of our heads so that we just get to be.