Meisner Courses

Actor, Miles Carney talking about his experiences studying Meisner Technique with Robert Bellissimo.

Robert introduced me to an aspect of the work I would have never found on my own, and this is only the beginning. The best is yet to be discovered. The path to mastery is filled with discoveries, and with Robert’s lead it’s been an awesome trip.

-Geoffrey Antoine, Actor, “The Hurricane”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, “The Listener”

I teach Introduction and on-going Meisner Technique Courses throughout the year.

The total cost for the any course is $140 for four classes from 6pm-10pm.

The courses offered are not a “this is the Meisner way of acting” type of course. Meisner simply taught actors what they had to do, which was to really listen, to really respond off of the other person’s behavior, to follow your instincts, to get the other person to really do something, and so on and so forth. His system taught an actor what they needed to learn to work in any medium. Sanford Meisner taught for 62 years, and constantly changed what he was doing to meet the individual needs of the students, and the changes within the industry. There really is no one way of doing it. The technique is a means to an end, and once the skills are conditioned within you, it will be yours for the rest of your life.

The Introduction course focuses on how to identify, listen and respond emotionally from a subjected point of view off of your acting partner’s behavior, using a version of Sanford Meisner’s first exercise, “Repetition”.

Here’s a glimpse of how repetition begins:

Time will be given to experiment on the different challenges actor’s face, such as auditioning, what to expect on a set or in a rehearsal for a play, and to constantly remind actor’s that acting is DOING! That’s our job. To show up and pursue the goal of the character. It’s no different then an athlete trying to score a goal to win the game. You will begin to step into who you truly are, and get to know yourself on a deeper level. The more you know of yourself, the more you can bring to a role. It is a challenging, emotional course, and will be a real workout in vulnerability. You will begin to live spontaneously off of the other person with your defenses down. It will be a safe, nurturing and supportive place to discover what gets in your way of being spontaneous, and how to tackle those issues within yourself.

The full training to learn the entire technique takes up to two years. Once you do the Introduction course you can continue training with me month to month, once a week. You only have to commit monthly. I know that actor’s need to be available at a drop of a hat, so the courses are flexible, and will be set up so you can come and go if need be. However, this is on a case by case basis depending on the students progress.

The next Introduction To Meisner Technique course will be a Weekend Introduction Course in HAMILTON on August 25th and 26th, from 11AM-5PM at The Pearl Company. The address is:

16 Steven St,
Hamilton, ON
L8L 5N3

The price is $140.

There is also an Introduction To Meisner Technique course coming up in TORONTO. The dates are September 23rd, September 30th, October 14th and October 21st, from 6pm-10pm. All of these dates are Sunday evenings. It will be at the Chez BonBon Space. The address is:

234 Queen St.East
Toronto, Ontario,
M5A 1S3

To register e-mail me at for full details.

Once you’ve registered and committed to a course, their are NO REFUNDS.

Actor’s who are interested in the courses are welcome to audit my current on-going classes in Toronto, which are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-10pm at the Chez BonBon Space at:

Please e-mail me, if you want to audit.

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