Los Angeles, CA
I??ve had countless acting instructors and worked with a variety of different acting methods since I was about 14 years old. While I learned a great deal from each, and feel that I??ve developed a strong skill set, nothing has brought me as in touch with my emotional life as the Meisner technique. After only six months of training at the Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio in Los Angeles, CA I feel a reality and an honesty in my acting that I rarely felt in my four years of Theatre training at the University of Southern California. In very few words, the Meisner technique focuses on engaging in the reality of each moment, so that you??re reacting in real time rather than reciting line readings. As a result, your interaction with your fellow actors, your thought process, and your acting is honest and in the moment. For film especially this is vital, because the camera reads everything going on behind your eyes. My theatrical training gave me a great sense of WHAT I need to be hitting in each moment, what needs to happen to move the story along, but not necessarily HOW to get there. The Meisner technique is finally opening that door for me, expanding my emotional range and depth in an organic, truthful way. And I cannot rave enough about Wayne as a coach. He has an intuitive sense of the needs of each particular actor and puts great effort into understanding you as an individual- how you work, what your barriers are and how to overcome them. His training is very very personalized and suited to your needs. He also has an amazing knowledge of the business and is always ready with information about resumes, headshots, SAG, casting directors, etc. The Wayne Dvorak Acting Studio is an incredible find! I would recommend it to anyone, whether you are new to the craft or have been studying for 10 years.