In this workshop run by director Peter Giser, we’ll build up that all-important thing in acting: the connection with your scene partner. Part of the problem we face in scenes is we really aren’t paying attention! So we’re going to learn how to listen up, improve our ability to tell what’s going on with the other actor, get through to them better, and build that relationship. In other words, we’re going to turn speaking a series of lines into really connecting with someone and making acting a living thing. Through a combination of improv, script-based work, and of course—paying attention!—we’ll tune right in to what’s really going on and make our acting work more exciting for both ourselves and for the audience.

Workshop 1: Tuning In

We will begin with Meisner exercises including “the repetition” and “the observation,” and then take those into improvised scenes focused on listening and observing. We will learn how to really listen to our scene partner, and to then become able to respond honestly.

Workshop 2: Tuning Up

We’ll add one element to this: our own objectives, and how we need the listening and observing in order to pursue our need in a scene.

Workshop 3: Out of Tune

Important tasks and conflict. Through use of assigned tasks that are difficult, we will explore scene communication, focusing on struggle over objectives.

Workshop 4: Tuning Back In

We’ll recap what we’ve learned and look at well-known scenes from plays, using our techniques to explore these beloved scripts.

Peter Giser is a director, actor and singer who has been performing for over 20 years in Montreal and New York. Originally trained as a musical performer, Peter turned more fully towards acting while in New York, studying at the Strasberg School and later becoming a member of The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company. Peter also began producing and directing in New York, which he now continues to do in Montreal through his own theatre company, Snowglobe Theatre. His knowledge and training include Stanislavski work, Strasberg, Meisner, Michael Chekhov technique, Shakespeare performance, and commedia, among other styles and methods. Peter puts a large focus on developing talent and skills, and has been offering workshops in Montreal to the artistic community since 2019.

Details and Registration

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See upcoming and in-progress schedules for this workshop. The price is $100 for four sessions; 6-8 participants per group.

Schedule (FULL)

  • Tuesday, May 12, 7 – 9 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19, 7 – 9 pm
  • Tuesday, May 26,  7 – 9 pm
  • Tuesday, June 2, 7 – 9 pm

The schedule for the next session will be posted here once it’s confirmed.

This workshop is open to any experience level. Small groups ensure that each student has their voice heard and their needs met. Whether you’re looking to connect over shared interests, develop your craft, or looking for feedback on a project, this is the workshop for you. Anyone who has an interest in learning, practising, or improving their acting abilities has something to gain from this workshop. Participants should set up their computers in a space where they have room to get up and move around, so they can properly connect with their bodies and engage with the exercises.

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